, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 433-436
Date: 12 Aug 2009

Introduction: Special Issue on Argumentation in Education in Scandinavia and England

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The genesis for this special issue on argumentation in education in England, Norway and Sweden was a two-day doctoral seminar on argumentation held at the University of Oslo in April 2008. Chaired by Frøydis Hertzberg, this seminar provided a forum for doctoral students and lecturers in Norway and Sweden to come together with Richard Andrews, visiting from the Institute of Education at The University of London, in order to share ideas on the state of argumentation in schools and higher education—at least as far as it concerned the three countries involved. But we hope the significance of the discussions, represented by the articles in this issue of Argumentation, will be felt internationally.

First, it should be noted that the advent of an Argumentation and Education strand at the 2006 ISSA conference in Amsterdam signified a rise of interest in argumentation in this particular applied field, as well as a mutual prior interest from educationalists in the study of argumentation. Interest ...