Production-blocking in brainstorming arguments in online group debates and asynchronous threaded discussions

Allan C. JEONG, Ming Ming CHIU

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Abstract

Threaded discussions are used to facilitate critical thinking in group discussions by eliminating the need for turn taking and constraints on time needed to formulate responses. Yet to be determined, however, is how the simultaneous generation of supporting and opposing arguments (including rebuttals to arguments) affect the number and generation of new arguments. This study conducted regression analysis on 1537 postings from 16 debates in an online graduate-level course to reveal that the number of new arguments posted to an on-going debate decreased as the ratio of supporting and ratio of oppositional postings to current arguments increased. The findings suggest that despite the affordances of asynchronous discussions, interventions should be implemented to minimize production blocking to maximize idea diversity. Copyright © 2020 AERA.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Citation

Jeong, A. C., & Chiu, M. M. (2020, April). Production-blocking in brainstorming arguments in online group debates and asynchronous threaded discussions. Paper presented at The American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA 2020): Roundtable session of Online communities, connections, and support, San Francisco, USA.

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