Online Interstate Student Diplomats Discuss What Justifies War: “We Don’t Want People to Die, but We Don’t Want to Lose Our Oil.”

Joe O' Brien, Brian Bechard, Thomas Fulbright, Kori Green, Nick Lawrence


Given that most research in online discussion addresses asynchronous discussions and that middle school students receive little opportunity to engage in sustained, substantive dialogues, there is a need to develop and pilot ways to instructional support students in sustained, online synchronous discussions about public policy issues such as why nations go to war. This article presents: a blended learning instructional model for an online synchronous discussion that was developed and piloted; instructional and logistical issues raised with the model; suggestions on conducting interschool online discussions to promote students’ online voice; and, samples of students’ thinking about what justifies war.

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