A case study of argumentation at undergraduate level in History

Richard Andrews

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This article examines two essays by undergraduate students in the first year of study in History at a university in the UK. It also draws on documentary evidence from the department in question and interviews with the students themselves to paint a picture of the way argumentation operates at this level. While no firm conclusions can be drawn, the evidence suggests a department with a high degree of awareness of the importance of argument and argumentation in studying History; and students who are aware and articulate about the problem facing them in constructing essays in the discipline. Suggestions are made about induction into the epistemological and argumentative demands of undergraduate study.
Original languageEnglish
Article number547
Early online date9 Aug 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Argumentation
  • History
  • Undergraduate
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Documents

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