When friends argue: Investigating argumentative learning processes in facebook

Dimitra Tsovaltzi, Raluca Judele, Thomas Puhl, Armin Weinberger, Christa S.C. Asterhan, Rakheli Hever, Baruch B. Schwarz, Christine Greenhow, Melissa Menzer, Thor Gibbons, Douglas Clark

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This symposium addresses how argumentation can be leveraged for learning in social media like Facebook (FB) exemplifying social learning. It catalyzes an international discussion forum (Germany, Israel, United States) that seeks to understand argumentative processes beyond isolated technology-based learning environments, what influences them, if and how they can be repurposed for learning. We aim to contribute to the longstanding interest in argumentative learning in the learning sciences and extend knowledge about analyzing and supporting argumentation processes in FB. We examine the conditions under which FB can be harnessed for argumentative learning. We measure declarative knowledge outcomes and explore the development of attitude and civic behavior. Synthesizing across the papers, we will pinpoint the affordances of FB for argumentative learning, comparing processes to standard learning science approaches and exploring new socially embedded learning outcomes. We will frame promising directions for further research work.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1342-1351
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2014
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning and Becoming in Practice, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

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