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ERIC Number: EJ1060250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Scaffolding Argumentation about Water Quality: A Mixed-Method Study in a Rural Middle School
Belland, Brian R.; Gu, Jiangyue; Armbrust, Sara; Cook, Brant
Educational Technology Research and Development, v63 n3 p325-353 Jun 2015
A common way for students to develop scientific argumentation abilities is through argumentation about socioscientific issues, defined as scientific problems with social, ethical, and moral aspects. Computer-based scaffolding can support students in this process. In this mixed method study, we examined the use and impact of computer based scaffolding to support middle school students' creation of evidence-based arguments during a 3-week problem-based learning unit focused on the water quality of a local river. We found a significant and substantial impact on the argument evaluation ability of lower-achieving students, and preliminary evidence of an impact on argument evaluation ability among low-SES students. We also found that students used the various available support--computer-based scaffolding, teacher scaffolding, and groupmate support--in different ways to counter differing challenges. We then formulated changes to the scaffolds on the basis of research results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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