ERIC Number: EJ785325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Gender Interaction Patterns on Student Participation in Computer-Supported Collaborative Argumentation
Jeong, Allan; Davidson-Shivers, Gayle V.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v54 n6 p543-568 Dec 2006
In this study we examined response patterns in exchanges between males and females and their effects on gender participation in five online debates. Students classified messages into arguments, evidence, critiques, and elaborations while posting messages to the debates to facilitate argumentation and the sequential analysis of message-response sequences. The findings revealed no differences in number of critiques posted in response to arguments because females were just as likely as males to critique messages from both males and females, and because females responded to males with critiques at a higher than expected frequency. Posthoc analysis revealed strong indications that females posted fewer rebuttals to the critiques of females than males, and males posted more rebuttals to the critiques of females than females. The methods used in this study illustrate a process-oriented approach to explain and predict gender differences in participation and serve as a framework for future research on gender participation, group interaction, and strategies for facilitating collaborative argumentation and problem solving.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Females, Student Participation, Group Dynamics, Gender Differences, Males, Debate, Problem Solving, Cooperation
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