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ERIC Number: ED314812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-8
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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The Relational and Content Dimensions of Argumentativeness: An Analysis of Some Persistent Questions.
Dowling, Ralph E.; Flint, Lyle
A study tested the prediction that men's and women's relative responses to the Argumentativeness Scale will change if the items are worded consistently so as to make more or less salient the content and process dimensions of arguing. Respondents, 564 students enrolled in basic public speaking courses at Ball State University, were each provided with a demographic survey, the verbal aggressiveness scale, one of five differently worded versions of the Argumentativeness Scale, and four three-item semantic differential items. Results indicated that rewording the items produced significantly different scores. Results regarding sex differences were also consistent with the recurring problem of different definitions of "argument" and with the predictions of the study. Findings confirmed the prediction that debaters' and nondebaters' scores would not be significantly different on forms that mention issues but that they would differ on forms that did not mention issues. Findings suggest that the Argumentativeness Scale may need to be modified in order to make it a valid operationalization of the argumentativeness construct conceived by Dominic Infante and Andrew Rancer. Evidence was provided that Form Four may measure trait argumentativeness much better than the current scale. Future research will attempt to confirm this tentative conclusion. (Five tables of data are included and 21 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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