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ERIC Number: EJ922606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 157
ISSN: ISSN-0046-1520
Argumentation, Dialogue Theory, and Probability Modeling: Alternative Frameworks for Argumentation Research in Education
Nussbaum, E. Michael
Educational Psychologist, v46 n2 p84-106 2011
Toulmin's model of argumentation, developed in 1958, has guided much argumentation research in education. However, argumentation theory in philosophy and cognitive science has advanced considerably since 1958. There are currently several alternative frameworks of argumentation that can be useful for both research and practice in education. These frameworks include Walton's dialogue theory and Bayesian models of everyday arguments. This article reviews and evaluates these frameworks and shows how each can be applied instructionally (e.g., through the teaching of critical questions or probability modeling) and, from a research standpoint, in evaluating the content and quality of informal arguments. It is concluded that attention to these and other contemporary argumentation frameworks can help move the study of argumentation in education forward. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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