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Schuitema, Jaap; van Boxtel, Carla; Veugelers, Wiel; ten Dam, Geert – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2011
This study investigates the relationship between the quality of student dialogue and students' ability to justify their viewpoints on a moral issue. A curriculum unit for dialogic citizenship education was developed and implemented in the 8th grade of secondary education. In the final lesson, students discussed a moral issue and then wrote an…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Moral Issues, Moral Values
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Bigozzi, Lucia; Vezzani, Claudio; Tarchi, Christian; Fiorentini, Carlo – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2011
This paper aims to evaluate a teaching methodology for the learning of scientific concepts in a primary school context. The focus is on the role played by individual writing, associated to a collective observation of an experiment and a classroom discussion. The hypothesis is that this methodology shows its effect both, on the scientific quality…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Discussion, Observation
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Dumont, Michelle; Moss, Ellen – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 1996
Investigates the influence of socio-affective context on the interactive modalities surrounding problem-solving discussions conducted with 8-year-old children. Results suggests that reciprocal friendship facilitates collaboration and the organization of collective work. Discusses two rival hypotheses of socio-affective proximity and…
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Development, Discussion, Friendship
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Golder, Caroline – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 1998
Focuses on the relations that could exist between the degree to which a referent is open to discussion, and the production of elaborated argumentative discourse as a function of age. Finds that topics with a clear, socially-defined "correct" position elicited fewer and less nuanced arguments than topics without strong social constraints.…
Descriptors: Compliance (Psychology), Critical Thinking, Debate, Discussion