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Who Owns the Floor?: Examining Participation in a Collaborative Learning Scenario Between Student Teachers and Active Professionals in Second Life

Airong Wang, Anders Steinvall and Mats Deutschmann
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Airong Wang: Department of Humanities, Mid Sweden University, Härnösand, Sweden
Anders Steinvall: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Mats Deutschmann: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 2014, vol. 5, issue 1, 34-53

Abstract: This study investigates the effects of unequal power relations on participation in a group of student teachers and invited professionals in two collaborative workshops in Second Life. The data includes recordings, group reflections, and individual questionnaires. Participation was examined from the aspects of floor space, turn length, and utterance functions and complemented with student reflections. The results show that at a general level, the differences of floor space and turn length between the invited professionals and the students were small. Moreover, the invited professionals did more conversational management than the students, while the students performed more supportive speech acts. There were, however, individual variations.

Date: 2014
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