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ERIC Number: EJ813840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Using Toulmin's Argument Pattern in the Evaluation of Argumentation in School Science
Simon, Shirley
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v31 n3 p277-289 Nov 2008
Toulmin's model of argument has been used by researchers as a theoretical perspective on argument and as a methodological tool for analysing episodes of oral argumentation in school science. An adaptation of Toulmin's Argument Pattern (TAP) has also informed a professional development programme for teachers. Research on the impact of the programme on pedagogic practice shows that Toulmin-based materials are advantageous in helping teachers to conceptualize argument and model it for students. A framework developed from TAP can also be used to evaluate student outcomes when using argumentation software. However, a focus on the process of argumentation limits any consideration of the content and quality of evidence. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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