ERIC Number: ED440873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
"Reasoner's Workbench" Program Supports Students' Individual and Collaborative Argumentation.
Diehl, Christine L.
This research evaluates the effectiveness of computer-mediated support for students' individual and collaborative argumentation. "Convince Me" is a "reasoner's workbench" program that aids students in generating and analyzing arguments, providing feedback on argument coherence from a general computational model. Laboratory studies indicate that students working individually with Convince Me to build arguments obtain benefits that are often associated with collaborative activity. The current research investigates whether these benefits can be attributed to the feedback from Convince Me's simulation model, that is, does the program serve as a "computer partner" in place of a "student partner." Students in four urban, ninth-grade Integrated Science classes used Convince Me either with or without model feedback. Half of the students in each group worked individually with the program and half worked in pairs. Results show that in attempting to "convince" Convince Me, students who receive feedback are encouraged to reflect on their reasoning strategies. Convince Me also appears to support reflection on argument construction and evaluation for pairs of students working together in the absence of feedback from the simulation model. (Contains 38 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 28-May 1, 2000). This research was supported by an American Educational Research Association/Spencer Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Science and Design Traineeship Grant, and a University of California Fellowship.