The effects of university students' argumentation on socio-scientific issues via on-line discussion in their informal reasoning regarding this issue

Ying Tien Wu, Chin Chung Tsai

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the effects of on-line argumentation on 37 university students' informal reasoning regarding a socio-scientific. In addition, such effects on students with different reasoning abilities were also explored. The students were asked to discuss the issue, xenotransplantation, anonymously in the on-line discussion forum in groups for a week (7 days). This study revealed significant effects of on-line discussion task on improving the students' informal reasoning quality. More importantly, it was found that both the students achieving a higher reasoning level and those achieving a lower reasoning level benefited from the anonymous on-line discussion, but in different ways. Both the students in the two groups proposed significantly more arguments after on-line discussion task; but only the students achieving a lower reasoning level performed significantly better in their rebuttal construction and usage of different reasoning modes after the on-line discussion task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Scientific Argumentation
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Practice and Research
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages221-234
Number of pages14
Volume9789400724709
ISBN (Electronic)9789400724709
ISBN (Print)9400724691, 9789400724693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Informal reasoning
  • Internet-based learning
  • On-line discussion
  • Socio-scientific argumentation
  • Socio-scientific issues
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Wu, Y. T., & Tsai, C. C. (2012). The effects of university students' argumentation on socio-scientific issues via on-line discussion in their informal reasoning regarding this issue. In Perspectives on Scientific Argumentation: Theory, Practice and Research (Vol. 9789400724709, pp. 221-234). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2470-9_11