Domain perspective reasoning refers both to students’ recognition of authors’ domain perspectives during reading and students’ abilities to draw on varied domain perspectives to reason about and understand a complex social issue. Two instructional manipulations were examined in this study. First, students were asked to identify authors’ domain perspectives during reading (i.e., DP-ID condition) or not (i.e., with authors’ domain perspectives instead supplied in texts). Second students were provided with a Palette of Perspectives as an instructional scaffold to support their inferencing regarding how a common issue, that of immigration, may be examined through a variety of diverse domain perspectives. Although students’ assignment to the DP-ID condition was not associated with the number of domain perspectives they included in writing, both DP-ID condition and being provided with a Palette of Perspectives were associated with students’ performance on a domain perspective application task. Implications for domain perspective reasoning are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology