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GSS for jury deliberations: applying technology in the high school courtroom

By: Cooper, S.; Cunningham, D.; Quintana, J.; Glynn, M.S.;

1998 / IEEE / 0-8186-8255-8

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This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' GSS for jury deliberations: applying technology in the high school courtroom ' Today's educators are using mock trials and jury deliberations as a way to promote critical thinking and enhance communication skills. An English teacher at Tucson, Arizona's Cholla Magnet High School, incorporates mock trials and jury deliberations as a part of his class. The Center for the Management of Information, at the University of Arizona developed a collaborative environment with facilities and software to support Cholla's programs in Law Related Education and International Studies. Two sets of jurors, all students from a sophomore English class, were selected as part of the mock trial. The first set of jurors deliberated using GSS and the second deliberated in the traditional face-to-face method. Preliminary results indicate that the deliberations held with GSS encouraged critical thinking, communication, and equal participation with students. Communication was measured through distinguishing normative and informational influence.