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Learning through Collaborative Argumentation (Vanderbilt University)

ByClark A. Chinn (Rutgers University) and Douglas B. Clark

When students are learning collaboratively, they may engage in a variety of di erent discourses. Students who are trying to understand a text may elaborate on each other’s statements about what the text means. Students solving mathematics problems may give each other answers or state a series of steps to follow. Another prominent form of discourse is argumentation, which involves taking positions, making claims, and giving reasons and evidence for claims that are made. O en, although not always, argumentation will involve some disagreement and participants will take and defend di erent positions. In this chapter, we discuss learning through a speci c form of this discourse, which we call collaborative argumentation.