Scaffolding Learning in a Learning Management System

Learning to Write an Action Research Proposal

Authored by: Priya Sharma , Alice Anderson

Handbook of Design in Educational Technology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415807340
eBook ISBN: 9780203075227
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118969

10.4324/9780203075227.ch21

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Abstract

Writing is a complex activity, dependent on various procedural, cognitive, and personal factors. Writing is an integral and prominent part of education, especially graduate education where masters and doctoral students produce culminating reports of research or practice in the form of papers, theses, or dissertations. Previous research has documented that even students at the doctoral level tend to encounter obstacles in writing well, especially within literature review and methodology sections of theses (e.g., Boote & Beile, 2005), and that their writing tends to exhibit flaws in analysis and reasoning. With the increasing number of online graduate programs and degrees, we can anticipate that online students might face similar problems with writing theses and papers. Indeed, this problem might be exacerbated, since writing supports that might be available on traditional campuses, such as writing centers, writing groups, etc., might not always be easily available in the online context.

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