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ERIC Number: EJ833700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Learning Argument Practices through Online Role-Play: Toward a Rhetoric of Significance and Transformation
Beach, Richard; Doerr-Stevens, Candance
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n6 p460-468 Mar 2009
One important literacy practice is the ability to formulate effective arguments to convince others of the validity of one's position. In this commentary, the authors discuss the literacy practices involved in formulating arguments as well as the challenges involved in helping students acquire these practices. In contrast to more traditional approaches to teaching argument, the authors propose that students can learn these practices through participation in online role-play activities. They also argue that students will be more motivated to engage in online role-play if they are debating an issue or problem that affects their everyday lives and that will lead to change, an approach driven by what they describe as a rhetoric of significance and transformation. They propose some activities designed to foster use of collaborative arguments in the classroom through the use of online role-play. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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