Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Online discussions can lead to an enriched understanding of course content. This study explored the influence of a discussion leader procedure with specific instructions on the quality of online argumentation and interactivity. Sound analysis of both sides of an issue and movement towards a final resolution has not been evaluated within online discussions current research. Subjects were 44 undergraduate students who participated in online discussions on a technology issue over two weeks. Participants also completed a need for cognition scale developed by Cacioppo, Petty, and Kao (1984). Results indicated that students participating in groups receiving specific argumentation instructions from the leader produced better online argumentation for the second week and exhibited increased interactivity patterns for both weeks.
Argument; Arguments; Discussion; Discussion Leader; Discussions; Influence; Leader; Online; Online Discussions; Procedure; Quality
Educational psychology; Curriculum planning; Educational technology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Spatariu, Alexandru, "The influence of the discussion leader procedure on the quality of arguments in online discussions" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2708.