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ERIC Number: EJ931897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0959-4752
Fostering Argument Justification Using Collaboration Scripts and Content Schemes
Kopp, Birgitta; Mandl, Heinz
Learning and Instruction, v21 n5 p636-649 Oct 2011
This study examines the manner in which learners' justifications for arguments are supported during collaborative task-solving in a virtual learning setting. In particular, it investigates the effects of a collaboration script and a content scheme on the learners' ability to provide adequate justifications for arguments pertaining to collaborative and individual task solutions. Learners were asked to individually study a theory before working collaboratively on a task in triads via a videoconferencing system. Argument justification was measured with theoretical and task-specific information provided to justify task solutions. Results were the same for collaborative and individual task solutions: The collaboration script had a small effect on justifications with task-specific information while the content scheme had a larger effect on argument justification with theoretical and task-specific information. Thus, according to the specifics of the respective support method, learners applied a strategy for justifying their task solutions in collaboration and individually acquired this strategy. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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