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ERIC Number: ED314784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 26
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Small Group Argument.
Williams, David E.
Because of a multiplicity of approaches to small group argument, research in this area often needs to be summarized, condensed, and redirected. Researchers have identified the rational, cognitive and interactive components of argumentation, and have demonstrated that arguments can take several forms and fulfill a variety of functions. The result of combining traditional approaches with more recently identified influences is a socio-cognitive perspective which unites the socially developed influences of the individual and the cognitive response to argument. Such a model considers the presumptions, values, and belief structures of individual interactants as well as the possibilities of conflict and non-conflict directions of argument. Where there is no conflict the group will either offer no argument in reaching a decision or offer arguments to support a proposal and allow the proposal to become the final decision. Where there is conflict group members develop an argumentative style, mode, and structure. The socio-cognitive perspective can guide researchers toward further investigation in small group argument. (A figure of the proposed model is included, and 28 references are appended.) (SG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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