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University of Windsor

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Paper

Keywords

ampliative inferences, argument pedagogy, composition, induction

Start Date

18-5-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

21-5-2011 5:00 PM

Abstract

College writing classes are the ideal site for teaching argument. Writing students develop arguments with a frequency and insistence not present in other disciplines. Typically, however, when their curricula include reasoning instruction, composition courses over-emphasize deductive syllogisms and en-thymemes. Inductive logic, the recognition of a pattern within a data set or an ampliative inference, is more useful in composition, and an effective composition curriculum makes ample room for the study and prac-tice of inductive arguments.

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Is data the plural of anecdote? Inductive arguments in composition

University of Windsor

College writing classes are the ideal site for teaching argument. Writing students develop arguments with a frequency and insistence not present in other disciplines. Typically, however, when their curricula include reasoning instruction, composition courses over-emphasize deductive syllogisms and en-thymemes. Inductive logic, the recognition of a pattern within a data set or an ampliative inference, is more useful in composition, and an effective composition curriculum makes ample room for the study and prac-tice of inductive arguments.