Web-Based Discussion Forums in Increasing Student Achievement

The purpose of my action research is to determine a plausible and beneficial tool that will enhance student achievement.

I began by asking what would happen if seventh grade students on our campus began utilizing web-based forums as a means of increasing student achievement. As research progressed, I began asking how would specific forms of communication increase student critical analysis?  How would web-based discussion forums increase student interest?  I also began questioning what form of discourse would assist students in creating valid and relevant critical analysis when creating responses in web-based discussion forums?

I hope to demonstrate how I am improving my practice, as well as how I can contribute to the body of literature associated with the utilization of web-based discussion forums and discourse guide lines to increase student academic success.