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Comparing communities of inquiry of Portuguese higher education students: One for all or one for each?

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José António Moreira ,

Department of Education and Distance Teaching, Universidade Aberta (Open University), PT
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António Gomes Ferreira,

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, PT
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Ana Cristina Almeida

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, PT
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to report evidence obtained in a survey based on the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 1991; 2000) carried out in different groups. The study comprised 510 higher education students enrolled in blended online courses offered through Moodle platform during one semester. It considered students from different private and public Portuguese polytechnic schools and universities. Moreira & Almeida (2011) have suggested that CoI framework is a valid, reliable, and efficient measure of its dimensions within the Portuguese population. Although similarities in aspects of social presence were discovered among polytechnic and universities students, the two groups showed some differences. In particular, it was observed that the polytechnic students appear to be a more robust community when compared to university students.

How to Cite: Moreira, J. A., Ferreira, A. G., & Almeida, A. C. (2013). Comparing communities of inquiry of Portuguese higher education students: One for all or one for each?. Open Praxis, 5(2), 165–178. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.5.2.50
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Published on 01 Apr 2013.
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