Counterarguments in students' persuasive writing


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Although supporting claims is an important part of good argumentative writing, students often fail to consider alternative viewpoints leading to a “myside bias” in their writing. In this study, the argumentative essays of 130 secondary school students are analyzed for counterarguments and rebuttals in a pretest, posttest design that included an intervention focusing on counterarguments. Findings revealed a significant increase in counter-argumentative elements after the intervention and richer persuasive writing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012


Stapleton, P. (2012, October). Counterarguments in students' persuasive writing. Paper presented at the JALT2012: 38th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition, Act City, Hamamatsu, Japan.


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