Conversation Theory Conceptualized in E-Learning Environments

Conversation Theory Conceptualized in E-Learning Environments

Janet Holland (Emporia State University, USA) and Marcus Childress (Emporia State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-597-9.ch006
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Abstract

This chapter examines Gordon Pask’s Conversation Theory, comparing his approach to the current literature about the growing field of E-learning as a vital component for knowledge acquisition. For this chapter, conversation and dialogue are simply defined as an exchange of information between students and instructors. This exchange can be informal like a conversation or more formal like a dialogue (Merriam-Webster’s, 1974). Pask developed his Conversation Theory based primarily on an exchange of information between a human and an artificial intelligence, i.e. a computer

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