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ERIC Number: EJ892886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Guided Experimentation with Databases Improves Argumentative Writing
Radhakrishnan, Phanikiran; Lam, Dianne; Tamura, Elaine Kong
Teaching of Psychology, v37 n3 p210-215 2010
The guided experimentation method requires that students learn how a database works by generating and testing hypotheses about it (i.e., become skilled at strategies of experimentation). These strategies are essential to learning by inquiry, which is linked to argumentation. We conducted a quasi-experimental field study to show that students who experimented with a library database in a structured manner (n = 60) wrote better argumentative papers than those who did not (n = 29). Future research should examine whether those who approach a task with the aim of learning it benefit more from opportunities to learn from experimentation with it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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