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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Criticality and the exercise of politeness in online spaces for professional learning
Author(s): Watson, Cate
Wilson, Anna
Drew, Valerie
Thompson, Terrie Lynn
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Keywords: Cognitive presence
Collective face wants
Critical thinking
Face threatening act
Masters level learning
Networked learning
Social presence
Teaching presence
Issue Date: Oct-2016
Date Deposited: 21-Jun-2016
Citation: Watson C, Wilson A, Drew V & Thompson TL (2016) Criticality and the exercise of politeness in online spaces for professional learning. Internet and Higher Education, 31, pp. 43-51.
Abstract: This research examines masters-accredited online professional learning aimed at fostering criticality and a disposition to collective professional autonomy. Drawing on a model of online learning conceived as a nexus of cognitive, social and teaching presence, we focus principally on the interaction between cognitive and social presence, and the ways in which written language mediates social presence in fostering a critical disposition to professional learning. A key concept for analysing this ispoliteness, predicated on Goffman's construct of ‘face’, i.e. the work individuals do in presenting themselves to others. We conclude that the ‘collective face wants’ of the online community led to the creation of an online space in which participants were supported by their peers to do ‘being critical’. The purpose of the analysis presented here is to contribute to theory around ‘social presence’ in order to further the understanding of collaborative learning in online spaces and hence to support the development of pedagogical practices aimed at facilitating this.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2016.06.002
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