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ERIC Number: EJ1168883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1094-3501
Improving Argumentative Writing: Effects of a Blended Learning Approach and Gamification
Lam, Yau Wai; Hew, Khe Foon; Chiu, Kin Fung
Language Learning & Technology, v22 n1 p97-118 Feb 2018
This study investigated the effectiveness of a blended learning approach--involving the thesis, analysis, and synthesis key (TASK) procedural strategy; online Edmodo discussions; online message labels; and writing models--on student argumentative writing in a Hong Kong secondary school. It also examined whether the application of digital game mechanics increased student online contribution and writing performance. Three classes of Secondary 4 students (16- to 17-year-olds) participated in the 7-week study. The first experimental group (n = 22) utilized the blended learning + gamification approach. The second experimental group (n = 30) utilized only the blended learning approach. In the control group (n = 20), a teacher-led direct-instruction approach on the components of argumentation was employed. Data sources included students' pre- and post-test written essays, students' online Edmodo postings, and student and teacher interviews. We found a significant improvement in students' writing using the blended learning approach. On-topic online contributions were significantly higher when gamification was adopted. Student and teacher opinions on the blended learning approach were also examined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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