E-mail as a 'contact zone' for teacher-student relationships

Doherty, Catherine A. & Mayer, Diane (2003) E-mail as a 'contact zone' for teacher-student relationships. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 46(7), pp. 592-600.


This article analyses email exchanges between students and teachers in a technological literacy project for urban Aboriginal students. The warm productive relationships established over email are explained with reference to the unique qualities of electronic communication and its contrast to normative oral discourse in classrooms. It is argued that incidental e-mail communication between teacher and student provides a new space - new in scope, location, time, mode and interactional protocols - in which to explore and build the key student/teacher core relationships.

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ID Code: 7103
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: email, classroom discourse, student/teacher relationship
ISSN: 1081-3004
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 International Reading Association
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:59

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