chapter  6
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Teaching Young Children the Skills of Argument

The theory and practice of argument For some years, a debate has been taking place about the theory and practice of argument in education. Many contributors to it have examined problems associated with the latter. For example, Dixon and Stratta (1982, p. 42) suggest that:

It’s time that we English teachers asked ourselves what we hope pupils will learn from the activity. Is it going to be a debating skill, an ability to hold your ground, come what may? Or is the emphasis rather on thinking - on reasoning to discover what it is you think and feel about such an issue, and to present a considered, personal viewpoint?