'Women on a Wiki': social constructivist analysis of the effectiveness of online collaborative spaces for reflective learning in women's health studies

Carroll, Julie‐Anne, Sankupellay, Mangalam, Cornford, Michelle, and Bahir, Najmah (2016) 'Women on a Wiki': social constructivist analysis of the effectiveness of online collaborative spaces for reflective learning in women's health studies. In: Cvetkovic, Dragan, (ed.) Virtual Learning. InTechOpen, Rijeka, Croatia, pp. 87-99.

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Public health undergraduate students studying the unit Women's Health undertook a teaching and learning exercise which required them to learn to create and use a wiki website for reflective learning purposes. A wiki is a group of web pages that allows users to add content, similar to a discussion forum or blog, while permitting others to edit and provide feedback. The Women's Health wiki provided an online shared, collaborative and creative space wherein the students' perceptions of women's health issues could be discussed, reflected upon and debated. This chapter develops a social constructivist theoretical framework for analysing the content developed on the Women's Health wiki by the students and provides a theoretical model for how the wiki worked to aid reflective and critical thinking, as well as developing technological and communicative skills among students, and discusses implications for their future use in a tertiary setting.

Item ID: 49017
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-953-51-2824-3
Keywords: technology, public health, women's health, education, wiki
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 01:42
FoR Codes: 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4699 Other information and computing sciences > 469999 Other information and computing sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 30%
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