Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Dr. Janine M. Schall

Second Advisor

Dr. Luz A. Murillo

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael D. Guerrero


This study works to answer the primary research questions: How do Latina elementary school students negotiate literature discussions in both online and face-to-face contexts? In addition, it seeks to answer the subquestions: How does the chosen medium, face-to-face or online discussions, influence these discussions? How do students move between discourse/identities during these discussions? Through the use of mapping conversational turns and broad application of discourse analysis, based on the work of James Paul Gee, this study shows the ways Latina students negotiate in-person literature discussions largely by recreating traditional school-based power structures and blending home and school Discourses. It shows how students negotiated online discussions through experimentation, blending of Discourses, and by beginning to deconstruct traditional power structures when using the wiki page.


Copyright 2012 Joanna L. Waggoner-Norquest. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American