Adapting an argumentation framework for online discourse analysis : a knowledge building approach

Nykvist, Shaun S. (2013) Adapting an argumentation framework for online discourse analysis : a knowledge building approach. In Innovation and Transformation in Learning and Teaching, 21-22 October 2013, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur.


The use of online tools to support teaching and learning is now commonplace within educational institutions, with many of these institutions mandating or strongly encouraging the use of a blended learning approach to teaching and learning. Consequently, these institutions generally adopt a learning management system (LMS), with a fixed set of collaborative tools, in the belief that effective teaching and learning approaches will be used, to allow students to build knowledge. While some studies into the use of an LMS’s still identify continued didactic approaches to teaching and learning, the focus of this paper is on the ability of collaborative tools such as discussion forums, to build knowledge. In the context of science education, argumentation is touted as playing an important role in this process of knowledge building. However, there is limited research into argumentation in other domains using online discussion and a blended learning approach. This paper describes a study, using design research, which adapts a framework for argumentation that can be applied to other domains. In particular it will focus on an adapted social argumentation schema to identify argument in a discussion forum of N=16 participants in a secondary High School.

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ID Code: 63768
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Argumentation, Secondary Science Education, knowledge building, asynchronous communication, discourse analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 22:36
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 15:16

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