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The Skills of Argument presents a comprehensive, empirical study of informal reasoning as argument, involving subjects across the life span. Professor Kuhn asked her subjects questions that people have occasion to think and talk about in everyday life, such as "What causes prisoners to return to crime after they are released?" "What causes unemployment?" "What causes children to fail in school?" Subjects were asked to offer their own theories regarding the cause of the phenomenon and then asked to provide supporting evidence for their theories. This is the first major study of how people reason in everyday life, and it highlights the importance of argumentative reasoning in everyday thought. Professor Kuhn's findings address crucial issues in cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as in education, and her work will also appeal to philosophers, political scientists, and linguists interested in argumentative discourse.

Synopsis:

Presents an empirical study of informal reasoning as argument, involving subjects across the life span. The study reveals weaknesses in abilities needed for responsible citizenship and provides a framework for understanding these weaknesses.

Synopsis:

The first major study of how people reason in everyday life highlights the importance of argumentative reasoning in everyday thought and addresses crucial issues in cognitive and developmental psychology as well as education.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [312]-317) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Causal theories; 3. Evidence to support theories; 4. Alternative theories; 5. Counterarguments; 6. Rebuttals; 7. Epistemological theories; 8. Evaluation of evidence; 9. The role of expertise; 10. Conclusion; Appendices; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521423496
Author:
Kuhn, Deanna
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Developmental Psychology
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Reasoning
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Case studies
Subject:
Reasoning (psychology)
Subject:
Reasoning (Psychology) -- Case studies.
Subject:
Developmental - General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19910731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.00x6.02x.93 in. 1.00 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521423496 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Presents an empirical study of informal reasoning as argument, involving subjects across the life span. The study reveals weaknesses in abilities needed for responsible citizenship and provides a framework for understanding these weaknesses.
"Synopsis" by , The first major study of how people reason in everyday life highlights the importance of argumentative reasoning in everyday thought and addresses crucial issues in cognitive and developmental psychology as well as education.
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