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CHAPTER 5: DISCUSSION

Presentation of the results

This chapter begins with a summary of the study providing an overview of the

research. Findings are then discussed reviewing the statistical analysis of data. Study

conclusions, based on research questions, are provided as are the limitations and

implications of this research effort. Future research suggestions, based on aforementioned

limitations and implications, are then presented.

Summary of the Study

Over the last several years, Web 2.0 has been the subject of various studies,

including those focused on how best to utilize it in education (Rogers, Liddle, Chan,

Doxey & Isom, 2007; Sims, 2006) and those concentrating on its uses in second language

acquisition

(Godwin-Jones,

2006;

O‘Hanlon,

2007;

Murray,

2005).

Researchers have

argued that engaging students in Web 2.0 activities which involve the use and production

of texts within the web is essential for developing a critically literate population in the

global technology age (Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004). With this belief, many

colleges and universities have created online courses and face to face courses utilizing

multiple Web 2.0 technologies. Unfortunately, published empirical research supporting

the reliability and validity of these applications could not be located.

The purpose of this study was to gather evidence documenting student

achievement using Web 2.0 technologies. It was hypothesized that participation in a

Web 2.0 enhanced course would increase student knowledge, understanding, and

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