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 (editor). Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) June 14-18 Chania Greece 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.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz