The Skill of Identifying Argumentation

  • Frans H. van EemerenEmail author
  • Rob Grootendorst
  • Bert Meuffels
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 27)


This article is a report on empirical research in which two main questions were posed: (1) Can 14-year-old school children in secondary schools recognize argumentation without having received systematic instruction? (2) To what extent is the identification of argumentation an independent skill? The practical relevance of the first question is self-evident. The epistemological relevance of the second question is that it seeks to provide an answer to the question of whether or not the identification of argumentation is based on the traditionally known cognitive intellectual skills “Verbal Comprehension,” “Inductive Reasoning,” et cetera. Otherwise, it must be a separate skill.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frans H. van Eemeren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rob Grootendorst
    • 1
  • Bert Meuffels
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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