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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 351) Last page : ( 355)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00063.3

Supporting argumentation through group work strategies during collaborative learning

Mani Megala1,*, Pasupathi Madhumathi2

1Research Scholar, Department of English, School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore-632014, Tamil Nadu, India

2Assistant Professor, Department of English, School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore-632014, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author Email: megalamanisharaj@gmail.com

Online published on 21 August, 2018.

Abstract

The aim of current study is to highlight the importance of argumentation in ESL classroom. The knowledge about argumentation is often neglected in classrooms due to time constraint and stipulated curriculum which lacks practical applications. Thereby the present study stresses on emergence of using group work strategies in assisting the learners to develop content oriented arguments. By tracing the review, it is found that formation of groups and engaging learners in activity is one of the possible solutions to overcome the barriers confronted by them in argument. Hence, the study attempted to analyze the models proposed by the proponents of the field and finalized Weinberger and Fischer's process dimension model to compare group work strategies based on their characteristics. It is suggested to concentrate on other models for further study.

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Keywords

Argumentative knowledge construction, Group work strategies, ESL classrooms, Dimensions of AKC.

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