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ERIC Number: ED314809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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An Empirical Analysis of the Argumentativeness Scale: The Issue of Issues.
Flint, Lyle; Dowling, Ralph E.
A study examined some of the questions that have been raised regarding D. A. Infante and A. S. Rancer's (1982) Argumentativeness Scale. Specifically, the wording of the scale was examined. Operating under the principle that the use of the process word "arguing" and the product word "argument," as well as mention of issues or failure to mention issues affects responses to the scale, four versions of the scale were created. The four versions were consistently worded to reflect: (1) arguing over issues; (2) argument; (3) argument over issues; and (4) arguing. Findings demonstrated that versions that referred to issues differed from versions that did not mention issues. Further, versions that mentioned issues differed from the original Argumentativeness Scale. One possible explanation for the findings was that the mention of issues addresses content, while failure to mention issues causes most respondents to believe the item is referring to relational arguments. Findings suggest that further refinement of the argumentativeness operationalization should be addressed. (Two tables of data are included, and 28 references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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