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Title:Do members converge to similar reasoning styles in teamwork? A study of shared rationales in small team activities
Author(s):Xiao, Lu
Subject(s):reasoning style
group activity
Rhetorical Structure Theory
shared rationales
information behavior
qualitative data analysis
Abstract:Seeking better understanding of the group impact on the members’ reasoning styles, we have been using Rhetorical Structure Theory to analyze rationale statements collected from group activities. Our early analysis showed that in the studied activity context the participants all focused on subject matter relations with three most common techniques: providing contextual information of the main point (circumstance relation), offering additional details of the main point (elaboration relation), and evaluation of the main point (evaluation relation). The results also suggest that group is an influencing factor on members’ reasoning styles in terms of the rhetoric of the rationales, and the use of circumstance and elaboration techniques.
Issue Date:2013-02
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Lu, X. (2013). Do members converge to similar reasoning styles in teamwork? A study of shared rationales in small team activities. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 524-530). doi:10.9776/13269
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/39618
DOI:10.9776/13269
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:Internal Research Grant of Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30


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