ERIC Number: ED464952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Use of a Computer Environment To Analyze the Coherence of Argumentation about Policies Proposed To Ameliorate Global Warming.
Adams, Stephen T.
In designing computer environments to support the creation of arguments, a central issue concerns evaluating the quality of these arguments. This study uses one such computer environment, Convince ME, that uniquely uses a connectionist model, ECHO, to generate Model Fit values as a kind of measure of an argument's coherence. This study sought to triangulate these Model Fit values by comparing them to other measures, including a measure of the stability of views (from public opinion researcher Daniel Yankelovich) and the number of statements in participant's arguments. Two 17-year-old students and 1 scientist participated in pre- and post-surveys and interviews and used Convince Me to create arguments about policies that would ameliorate global warming. The pattern of positive correlations among these measures, coupled with results from a debriefing interview, illuminate cognitive and educational issues involved in using Convince Me (or programs like it) to support reasoning about public policy issues. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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