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Title: Making your views known: The importance of anonymity before and after classroom debates
Authors: Hornsby, Giulia Gelmini
Ainsworth, Shaaron
Buda, Marie
Crook, Charles
O’Malley, Claire
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Hornsby, G. G., Ainsworth, S., Buda, M., Crook, C., & O’Malley, C. (2008). Making your views known: The importance of anonymity before and after classroom debates. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volume 1 (pp. 281-288). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The current study aimed to examine the effect of anonymity and privacy on students' voting behaviour before and after classroom debate. A positioning system with three different settings was prototyped (Private, Anonymous or Public). It was predicted that students voting publicly would be less inclined to express changes in their views, and that they would tend to conform to the class' overall position more than students voting either anonymously or privately. Three groups of students (N=55) taking A Level General Studies took part in debates and voted in one of the three conditions. Results supported both hypotheses and suggest that anonymity and privacy play a crucial role in encouraging students to express individual and authentic positions. The implications of these results for technology mediated voting systems are discussed.
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