Title

Development of Reasoning Skills Through Participation in Collaborative Synchronous Online Discussions

Document Type

Presentation

Document Subtype

Abstract

Presentation Date

4-2007

Conference Name

American Educational Research Association

Conference Location

Chicago, IL

Peer Review

Contributed

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of participation in synchronous online discussions on the development of individual reasoning as manifested in reflective essays. Children from a fourth-grade classroom in Korea engaged in a series of real-time online discussions based on the Collaborative Reasoning discussion approach. Compared to the children from the contrast classroom not involved in online discussions, the children who had experienced Collaborative Reasoning online discussions wrote essays with more satisfactory arguments, counterarguments, rebuttals, and textual information. In addition, they wrote longer essays which contained fewer irrelevant statements. These results were consistent between girls and boys and between shy and non-shy children. The children’s uses of arguments and rebuttals were predicted by the frequency of their contributions in the discussions.

Disciplines

Education

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