Keyword: argumentation-based

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Research Article
A Study of Argumentation-Based Science Concept Mapping Teaching Approach in Identifying Students’ Learning Performances towards Scientific Process Skills
Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2020, 16(4), e2222,
ABSTRACT: The application for burning incenses case study both indoors and outdoors is a controversial issues of value-laden and moral dilemma in Taiwan. This research aimed at using the argumentation-based case study as burning incenses with concept mapping approach in identifying students’ learning performances towards scientific process skills. It was followed by an argumentation-based approach of pre-tests, post-tests and interviews designed for 139 qualified participants. All data collected from two experimental group students’ argumentation-based learning performances and feedback was further analyzed by means of open-ended achievement tests, descriptive statistical analysis of learning attitude and the narration of students’ interviews. Analytical results indicated that the argumentation-based texts were successfully designed for students’ learning guidance by instructor. An evaluation tools with content validity and good reliability (Cronbach’s α > .9) were developed to assess students’ argumentation-based learning performances. The achievement posttest finding revealed that two experimental group students enhanced their science argumentation skills of higher level than pretests. The further t-test of achievement posttest didn’t indicate any significant differences (p> .05) for two experimental group students. Students’ positive learning feedbacks also provided the predominant advantage for activating responsive reasons, promoting their critical thinking, enhancing self-confidence of science process skills and supporting teachers in argumentation teaching.