Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Linguistics and University Honors
discourse analysis, small group discussions
Science education researchers have increasingly been using discourse analysis to research small group discussion while doing course related activities. This literature review examined studies from that discourse community to see what analysis methods were used and if they connected to applied linguistics theories or methods. Two of the most common discourse analysis frameworks used were Toulmin’s Argument Pattern and grounded coding schemes that looked at the design and specific contents of the discourse. Studies covered will also include education scholars using theories of conversation analysis and normative pragmatics to make a more explicit connection to applied linguistics. Orienting and drawing from applied linguistics can benefit science education researchers in their continuous exploration of methods to measure student learning outcomes through their discourse in small group discussions.
Mortensen, Abbee A., "Science Education Research on Student to Student Discourse: A Literature Review with an Applied Linguistics Lens" (2022). University Honors Theses. Paper 1274.