One of the things I’ve been really struggling with in writing this book is the dearth of statistical research surrounding the use of blogs in educational settings. I’ve seen references to a couple of studies but haven’t been able to dig up the results. I found this description of a 2004 study by Kimberly Rynearson of Tarleton State University, but never found the results:
The primary research question guiding the study is: Are weblogs a viable technology for improving students’ reading/writing achievement? The study addresses this question directly by measuring students’ performance on end-of-year measures of reading/writing achievement.
Read the entire .pdf for more detail…and please let me know if anyone has seen the outcome.
Blogging is helping students to think and write more critically, says an Australian researcher, and can help draw out people who would otherwise not engage in debate.
These are the preliminary findings of PhD research by Anne Bartlett-Bragg, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, who has been using weblogs or blogs in her own teaching since 2001.
“[The students] are thinking more critically,” she says. “They are learning to be responsible and they’re communicating outside the boundaries of the classroom and the institution, and they like that.”
A couple of caveats: no methodology is cited, and I couldn’t find any at her blog either (though I didn’t spend a whole lot of time digging.) Also, her research seems to point more to higher ed. That’s why I wish I could find the results to the previous study.
But, hey…it’s a start…