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ERIC Number: EJ771765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Using Sentence Openers to Support Students' Argumentation in an Online Learning Environment
Yiong-Hwee, Teo; Churchill, Daniel
Educational Media International, v44 n3 p207-218 Sep 2007
This article describes a study which was designed to explore how sentence openers supported students' construction of arguments in an online learning environment. The study involved a group of students from a teacher training institute in Singapore. As part of the overall teacher training program, the students attended a course that equipped them with skills to effectively examine pedagogical value and production qualities of digital videos, and to design some simple educational videos. Through the course, these students used the Knowledge Community online learning environment to critique, debate and negotiate the strengths and weaknesses of certain digital video clips. The study's strategy involved setting a discussion task for students and providing them with a set of carefully developed sentence openers to help them in constructing arguments. These posts were then collected and their content analyzed. In addition a selected number of students were also interviewed. The study results suggest that sentence openers offer an effective strategy to support students' construction of arguments in an online learning environment. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore