The Argumentation Rating Tool: Assessing and supporting teacher facilitation and student argumentation during text-based discussions

Alina Reznitskaya, Ian A.G. Wilkinson

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Abstract

In this article, we describe the development and validation of the Argumentation Rating Tool (ART), an observational rating scale designed to assess the quality of teacher facilitation and student argumentation during text-based discussions in elementary language arts classrooms. We describe the theoretical and empirical foundations of the ART and report on two studies designed to establish the psychometric properties of the ART and examine its instructional value for teachers. Our findings support the reliability of the ART scores and their intended interpretation, and suggest that the ART has the potential to help teachers learn about facilitation of argumentation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103464
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume106
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Classroom communication
  • Classroom observation techniques
  • Critical thinking
  • Professional development
  • Teacher competency testing
  • Test validity

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