Reconstructing Our Identities: Virtual Learning Experiences in Reading and Social Studies EducationVirtual Learning Experiences in Reading and Social Studies Education
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AbstractIn 1995, Turkle explored the territory of virtual personae within virtual communities by posing the question: "Do our real life selves learn lessons from our virtual personae?" (p.177). With Turkle's points in mind, we were intent on exploring the idea of reconstructing identities in e-learning discourse communities within the context of both Social Studies and Reading Education. The Social Studies Education course involved 20 preservice teachers in a social studies methods course and 20 10th grade World Geography students. The Reading Education course involved 15 graduate students enrolled in an e-learning course with no face-to face interactions. This paper compares and contrasts the two learning contexts and points to the potential for reconstructing identities and building internal discourse authority among e-learning participants.