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 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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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-5250
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-5269
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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