Student Performance in Identifying Unexpressed Premisses and Argumentation Schemes

  • Frans H. van EemerenEmail author
  • Kees de Glopper
  • Rob Grootendorst
  • Ron Oostdam
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 27)


An adequate evaluation of argumentation starts from an analytic overview of the argumentative discourse. In such an overview, among other things, the unexpressed premisses and the relevant argumentation schemes are identified (van Eemeren and Grootendorst 1984, 1992). The extent to which ordinary language users are capable of carrying out such identifications can only be answered by the use of empirical research. Here, we report about our empirical investigations on the performances of students in Dutch secondary education.


School Type Analogy Argumentation Argumentation Scheme Major Premiss Logical Minimum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frans H. van Eemeren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kees de Glopper
    • 1
  • Rob Grootendorst
    • 1
  • Ron Oostdam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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