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ERIC Number: ED307615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Persuasion from the Student's Perspective: Perry and Piaget.
Kiedaisch, Jean; Dinitz, Sue
The theories of cognitive development put forth by William Perry and by Jean Piaget are helpful in understanding the writing choices students made in responding to an assignment involving writing a persuasive essay. Some students were looking for the "Right Answer" and when they found it, they assumed that everyone would agree with them. Perry's notion of "dualism" helps to explain why such students rely on authority. The stages of relativism also help explain why some students could not think of anything worth writing about because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Piaget's account of students' early attempts at mastering formal operations helps explain why some students refused to revise their papers after receiving criticisms from other students. Students at this stage think hypothetico-deductively and construct an argument when they mean to persuade. Students at this stage are also egocentric in that they cannot comprehend why reality should not conform to the conclusions reached by logic. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A