Paths Toward Social Construction of Knowledge: Examining Social Networks in Online Discussion Forums

  • David Raúl Gómez JaimesEmail author
  • María del Rosario Hernández Castañeda
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10913)


This mixed methods research project examined the relationship between social construction of knowledge and student centrality in three online discussion forums, which were part of a graduate online course on web conferencing in Spanish within the Mexican sociocultural context. The purpose of the study was to identify interaction patterns among twenty-one graduate students by analyzing discussion forum posts, measuring student centrality, and generating social network diagrams in order to explain the characteristics of posts and interaction dynamics that lead to social construction of knowledge. A sequential approach was used, starting with an interaction analysis model and social network analysis, followed by a combination of both analyses to shed light on interaction in online discussion forums carried out in Spanish.


Online discussion forums Social construction of knowledge Centrality Interaction analysis Social network analysis Mixed methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Raúl Gómez Jaimes
    • 1
    Email author
  • María del Rosario Hernández Castañeda
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Universidad de GuadalajaraZapopanMexico

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