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ERIC Number: EJ1153899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
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Investigating the Impact of Automated Feedback on Students' Scientific Argumentation
Zhu, Mengxiao; Lee, Hee-Sun; Wang, Ting; Liu, Ou Lydia; Belur, Vinetha; Pallant, Amy
International Journal of Science Education, v39 n12 p1648-1668 2017
This study investigates the role of automated scoring and feedback in supporting students' construction of written scientific arguments while learning about factors that affect climate change in the classroom. The automated scoring and feedback technology was integrated into an online module. Students' written scientific argumentation occurred when they responded to structured argumentation prompts. After submitting the open-ended responses, students received scores generated by a scoring engine and written feedback associated with the scores in real-time. Using the log data that recorded argumentation scores as well as argument submission and revisions activities, we answer three research questions. First, how students behaved after receiving the feedback; second, whether and how students' revisions improved their argumentation scores; and third, did item difficulties shift with the availability of the automated feedback. Results showed that the majority of students (77%) made revisions after receiving the feedback, and students with higher initial scores were more likely to revise their responses. Students who revised had significantly higher final scores than those who did not, and each revision was associated with an average increase of 0.55 on the final scores. Analysis on item difficulty shifts showed that written scientific argumentation became easier after students used the automated feedback.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1418019