A practical blueprint for constructive conflict resolution Argumentation: The Art of Civil Advocacy teaches students the principles of argumentation as a practical way to engage in interpersonal and public deliberation. Authors Larry Underberg and Heather Norton offer a unique approach for creating civil discourse by encouraging students to consider how they argue with others to enhance or diminish opportunities for future dialogue. A variety of everyday examples are provided in the text to demonstrate how well-reasoned argumentation can strengthen communities and create productive citizenship. Students gain a better understanding for the situations, environments, and relationships that form the context for an advocate, and how those factors can influence discourse. Instructors, sign in at study.sagepub.com/Underberg for test banks, PowerPoint® slides, and more!

External Factors Influencing Argument

External Factors Influencing Argument

Imagine that you are a parent who is participating in a school board forum where the issue under consideration is adoption of a biology text that gives equal weight to the Bible’s book of Genesis and Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species as explanations for the origination of life. People are likely to approach the issue from a variety of directions. Teachers may see the controversy as an issue of academic freedom; administrators may be concerned with the impact text selection will have on the school’s conformity with state accreditation standards; parents may view this as an issue of local control over public schools or be concerned that their children will be taught concepts that violate their ...

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