This project develops a series of interactive on-line games and investigates the effect these games have on increasing middle school science students' and teachers' knowledge and skills of scientific argumentation. There are four areas of argumentation addressed by the games: (1) understanding a claim, (2) judging the evidence about a claim based on type and quality (objectivity, reliability or validity), (3) analyzing the reasoning applied to the claim, and (4) evaluating the claim.
Associate Research Professor
About Me (Bio):
Janis Bulgren, Ph. D., is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education. She has been instrumental in research, development, publication, and professional development associated with Content Enhancement Routines. Content Enhancement Routines have addressed ways that teachers can mediate student learning so that students learn to process and think about critical content information. Recently, she has conducted research in science classes to help students engage in analysis and evaluation of scientific and socio-scientific arguments based on the work of Toulmin. This research has recently been extended to the development of an educational game to support student learning and engagement in argumentation. Both efforts were supported by the National Science Foundation. Address: Janis Bulgren, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, 517 J. R. Pearson Hall, 1122 W. Campus Road, Lawrence, KS, 66045; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.