Critical Thinking in Discussion: Online versus Face-to-Face1

Leonard Shedletsky (University of Southern Maine, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 262
EISBN13: 9781616921606|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-878-9.ch016
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This chapter explores the question: does online discussion produce critical thinking? It presents a selective review of the literature concerned with critical thinking and/or interaction during online discussion. It presents an experimental study of the effects of instructional media and instructional methods on critical thinking. The study tests the influence on critical thinking of online vs. face-to-face discussion, individual vs. group consensus in summarizing discussion, and discussion of examples of concepts vs. discussion of more abstract analysis. The purpose for reviewing the literature and carrying out the study is to increase awareness of variables that may influence the quality of discussion.
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