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The Effects of i-Claim, an Instructional Technology Tutorial, on First-Year College English Composition Students' Argumentation Skills: An Exploratory Study

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dc.contributor.author Beach, David R.
dc.creator Beach, David R.
dc.date 2008-07-30
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-15T13:50:20Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2008-08-15T13:50:20Z
dc.date.issued 2008-08-15T13:50:20Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/3226
dc.description.abstract This dissertation describes the effectiveness of the use of i-Claim, an instructional technology tutorial for argumentation skill development. Because persuasion is a critical skill in college writing, argumentation is introduced in the first-year English composition course, and students practice writing arguments in that course and beyond. With an increased use of instructional technology in higher education, can instructional technology tutorials help students develop stronger and more effective argumentation skills in their writing? This study explores that question by investigating the relevance of developing argumentation skills, theoretical models of argumentation in modern composition pedagogy, empirical studies on argumentation skills, and technology-supported interventions to develop argumentation skills and student confidence in learning. This study examines the use of i-Claim in six first-year English composition courses and its effect on students‘ argumentation skill development. The findings were inconclusive as to its effectiveness because of the small sample size and limited exposure to the intervention. However, the study concludes by exploring how instructional technology interventions can best be used in instruction of argumentation skills and how to encourage students to use technological tools to support their learning.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject argumentation en_US
dc.subject English composition en_US
dc.subject instructional technology en_US
dc.subject technology tutorials en_US
dc.subject student confidence en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.title The Effects of i-Claim, an Instructional Technology Tutorial, on First-Year College English Composition Students' Argumentation Skills: An Exploratory Study
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Education en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.discipline Education
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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