Teaching as Persuasion
A design experiment was undertaken to explore the effects of science lessons, framed as persuasion, on students' knowledge, beliefs, and interest. Sixth and seventh graders participated in lessons about Galileo and his discoveries focusing on the personal costs and public controversies surrounding those discoveries. In selected classrooms, lessons were teacher led, while others were student led. Participants' knowledge, beliefs, and interest were compared to peers in other science classes. There were significant differences between persuasion and comparison classrooms on all variables. However, teacher-led lessons were more effective at changing students' knowledge, whereas student-led lessons had more impact on students' beliefs.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Alexander, Patricia A.; Fives, Helenrose; Buehl, Michelle M.; and Mulhern, Julie, "Teaching as Persuasion" (2002). Department of Educational Foundations Scholarship and Creative Works. 97.