Will Structuring the Collaboration of Students Improve Their Argumentation?

Authors: 

Oliver Scheuer, Bruce M. Mclaren, Maralee Harrell and Armin Weinberger

Paper type: 
Poster

Abstract: 

Learning to argue in a computer-mediated and structured fashion is investigated in this research. A study was conducted to compare dyads that were scripted in their computer-mediated collaboration with dyads that were not scripted. A process analysis of the chats of the dyads showed that the scripted experimental group used significantly more words and engaged in significantly more broadening and deepening of the discussion than the non-scripted control group.

Keywords: 

computer-supported collaborative learning, argumentation