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Scripting Discussions For Elaborative, Critical Interactions

Oliver Scheuer; Bruce McLaren; A. Weinberger; S Niebuhr
In: S. A. Cerri; W. J. Clancey; G. Papadourakis; K. Panourgia (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), June 14-18, Chania, Greece, Vol. 7315, Springer, Berlin, 2012.


Scripting collaborative argumentation can be effective in helping students understand multiple perspectives in complex, ill-defined domains. We have developed a web-based collaborative learning environment and a collaboration script to support students in discussing and analyzing controversial texts. We present a study in which we varied one element of the script to support critical, elaborative interactions, namely whether or not students take a proponent and/or critic role. Our results suggest that roles have a positive effect on the extent of knowledge elaboration in student discussions.