Examining the Effect of Teacher Guidance on Collaborative Argumentation in Middle Level Classrooms

Pi-Sui Hsu, Margot Van Dyke, Yan Chen
2015 RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education  
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of teacher guidance on the quality of collaborative argumentation in middle level classrooms. Each of six science classes was randomly assigned to either the intervention (teacher guidance) or control condition (minimal teacher guidance). The verbal collaborative argumentation that occurred was recorded and transcribed. The researchers conducted an independent-samples t test to analyze the difference of the depth measure of quality between
more » ... groups and found a significant difference between the means in the depth measure. The findings reveal that using argumentative scripts for teacher guidance led to more in-depth argumentation.
doi:10.1080/19404476.2015.11641185 fatcat:ufcuwjpsqffbrklxaqe2fj2ao4