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Title: The Influence of Training in Argumentation on Students' Individual Learning Outcomes
Authors: Gressick, Julia
Derry, Sharon J.
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Gressick, J. & Derry, S. J. (2013). The Influence of Training in Argumentation on Students' Individual Learning Outcomes. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 38-41). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We conducted an in vivo experiment (Aleven & Koedinger, 2002) to investigate the impact of Adventures in Argument, a week-long online unit in argumentation, on subsequent science learning from an online course in which individual and collaborative argumentation were the primary forms of pedagogy. The context of the study was HAL Online, an undergraduate course in The Learning Sciences that enrolled 44 students. Using a nested design (students within groups within treatment), the treatment condition, Trained Argumentation with Modest Scaffolding (TAMS) was compared with an ecological control group: Emergent Argumentation with Modest Scaffolding (EAMS). Results of quantitative analyses indicated that TAMS was an effective intervention that positively influenced students' individual learning as measured by a test of scientific literacy and scores from coding of individual reflective blogs. Direct training in argumentation offers a viable, pragmatic supplement or alternative to immersive collaborative pedagogies that require guidance and scaffolding of students' online argumentation processes by faculty (Cavagnetto, 2010).
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