Influence of Oral Discussion on Written Argument

Alina Reznitskaya, Richard C. Anderson, Brian Mcnurlen, Kim Nguyen-jahiel, Anthi Archodidou, So-young Kim

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This article examines the effects of participation in oral argumentation on the development of individual reasoning as expressed in persuasive essays. Engagement in oral argumentation is the essential feature of a classroom discussion method called collaborative reasoning. A premise of this method is that reasoning is fundamentally dialogical and, hence, the development of reasoning is best nurtured in supportive dialogical settings such as group discussion. Students from 3 classrooms participated in collaborative reasoning discussions for a period of 5 weeks. Then, these students and students from 3 comparable classrooms who had not engaged in collaborative reasoning wrote persuasive essays. The essays of collaborative reasoning students contained a significantly greater number of relevant arguments, counter-arguments, rebuttals, formal argument devices, and uses of text information.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-175
JournalDiscourse Processes
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2001


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