Lurking as participation: A community perspective on lurkers' identity and negotiability

Yu Wei Lee, Fei Ching Chen, Huo Ming Jiang

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Abstract

Lurking, a discursive phenomenon in online communities, is often underemphasized. We draw on Wenger's social theory of learning to explore particularly the characteristic of lurkers who are "online regularly" in order to scrutinize the active intentions of a group of seemingly passive participants. Using a mixture of methods, we identified 95 lurkers among 353 participants in a six-week inquiry learning community, and uncovered their process of negotiability and identification from a virtual ethnographic approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages404-410
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2006
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: 27 Jun 20061 Jul 2006

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period27/06/061/07/06

Keywords

  • Lurking
  • Negotiability
  • Participation

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