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A case study of argumentation at undergraduate level in history

Andrews, Richard (2009) A case study of argumentation at undergraduate level in history. Argumentation, 23 (4). pp. 547-558. ISSN 0920-427X. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This article examines two essays by undergraduate students in the first year of study in History at a university in the UK. It also draws on documentary evidence from the department in question and interviews with the students themselves to paint a picture of the way argumentation operates at this level. While no firm conclusions can be drawn, the evidence suggests a department with a high degree of awareness of the importance of argument and argumentation in studying History; and students who are aware and articulate about the problem facing them in constructing essays in the discipline. Suggestions are made about induction into the epistemological and argumentative demands of undergraduate study.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Shortish case study arising from HE Academy funded research project on argumentation. Probably not internationally excellent. I'd rate it a 2*, though it appears in a first-rate refereed journal: Argumentation The original publication is available at
Controlled Keywords: Adults, England, Higher education institution, Learning and teaching in further/higher education, Argumentation, history, undergraduate, essay, interview, documents
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2010 11:34
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:37
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