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Learning by Arguing About Evidence and Explanations

Dowell, J; Asgari-Targhi, M; (2008) Learning by Arguing About Evidence and Explanations. Argumentation , 22 (2) 217 - 233. 10.1007/s10503-007-9060-0. Green open access

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Abstract

Collaborative learning with cases characteristically involves discussing and developing shared explanations. We investigated the argumentation scheme which learners use in constructing shared explanations over evidence. We observed medical students attempting to explain how a judge had arrived at his verdict in a case of medical negligence. The students were learning within a virtual learning environment and their communication was computer mediated. We identify the dialogue type that these learners construct and show that their argumentation conforms with an abductive form of argumentation scheme ('inference to the best explanation'). We also assessed the students' learning and propose that it is related to particular features of this argumentation scheme.

Type: Article
Title: Learning by Arguing About Evidence and Explanations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10503-007-9060-0
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10503-007-9060-0
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10503-007-9060-0
Keywords: Collaborative learning, Abductive reasoning, Argumentation scheme
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/143204
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