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15-5-1999 9:00 AM

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17-5-1999 5:00 PM

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Attempts to use Toulmin's argument model in teaching argument have had mixed success. We suggest using it specifically to teach academic writing. Moreover, we think it should be used to teach what major constituents are characteristic of academic wri ting, rather than how to make each individual point. For example, one important feature of academic writing is that the writer should carefully discuss the warrant for the data she uses, whereas debaters in practical argument are rarely required to do so . Extensive experience from the teaching of academic writing along these lines will be drawn upon.

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Macro-Toulmin: the argument model as structural guideline in academic writing

Attempts to use Toulmin's argument model in teaching argument have had mixed success. We suggest using it specifically to teach academic writing. Moreover, we think it should be used to teach what major constituents are characteristic of academic wri ting, rather than how to make each individual point. For example, one important feature of academic writing is that the writer should carefully discuss the warrant for the data she uses, whereas debaters in practical argument are rarely required to do so . Extensive experience from the teaching of academic writing along these lines will be drawn upon.