Master of Science (MS)
Curriculum and Instruction
First Committee Member
Steven G. McCafferty
Number of Pages
This qualitative study investigated the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) in an online ESL composition course. The study analyzed the correspondence between three Koreans and one Russian participant with their instructor that occurred through the WebCT computer-mediated communication (CMC) software tools of asynchronous e-mail and discussion boards and synchronous chat. The results indicated that, (1) personal background issues, (2) personal views of the instructor, and (3) motivation, attitude, and personal awareness of tool utilization impacted the participants' use of the CMC tools and this in turn impacted the ZPD. The implications of the study are discussed in terms of the impact of the ZPD in relation to the students, tools, materials, and instructor in the online second language classroom.
Composition; Course; Development; ESL; Online; Proximal; Zone
Curriculum planning; Education, bilingual; Language arts; Educational technology; Rhetoric
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Paver, Jennifer Ann, "The zone of proximal development in an online Esl composition course" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1501.
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