Online discussion forum help-seeking behaviors of students underrepresented in STEM

Victoria Jay, Genevieve M. Henricks, Carolyn Jane Anderson, Lawrence Christopher Angrave, Nigel Bosch, Destiny Williams-Dobosz, Najmuddin Shaik, Suma Bhat, Michelle Perry

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Abstract

Underrepresented (UR) students face barriers to help-seeking in traditional classrooms. We predicted these barriers would be ameliorated online. We analyzed online course discussion boards and found UR students asked for help more often than non-UR students and women were more likely than men to ask for help explicitly at least once. Furthermore, not help-seeking was related to worse course grades. These results suggest the online setting may decrease barriers to help-seeking for underrepresented students.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Pages809-810
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781732467255
StatePublished - Jun 2020
EventInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020
Conference number: 14

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences
Abbreviated titleICLS 2020
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

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    Jay, V., Henricks, G. M., Anderson, C. J., Angrave, L. C., Bosch, N., Williams-Dobosz, D., Shaik, N., Bhat, S., & Perry, M. (2020). Online discussion forum help-seeking behaviors of students underrepresented in STEM. In M. Gresalfi, & I. S. Horn (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences: 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020 (Vol. 2, pp. 809-810). International Society of the Learning Sciences.