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ERIC Number: EJ781340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Dealing with a Disagreeing Partner: Relational and Epistemic Conflict Elaboration
Darnon, Celine; Doll, Sebastien; Butera, Fabrizio
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v22 n3 p227-242 2007
This experiment examined the effects of epistemic vs. relational conflicts on the relationship with a partner. Students participated to a fictitious computer-mediated interaction about a text with a bogus partner who introduced either an epistemic conflict (a conflict that referred to the content of the text), or a relational conflict (a conflict that questioned participants' competence). Results indicated that compared to the epistemic conflict, the relational conflict enhanced threat and reduced the perceived contribution of the partner. Moreover, after a relational conflict, participants were more assertive in their answers, justified them to a lower extent, and expressed less doubt than after an epistemic conflict. Results also indicated that the intensity of disagreement predicted different modes of regulation depending on the conflict type. Finally, epistemic conflict elicited better learning than relational conflict. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France