The nature and development of argumentative skills in children: Current research

Jolanta Rytel


Development of argumentative skills is crucial to the acquisition of a rhetorical competence. The focus of this article is the development of children’s use of argument. The article presents a review of research, which indicate that children develop argumentative skills early, already at preschool age. These research show that already the preschool children have considerable skills in the use of argumentation not only as a means of reaching the agreement in contentious issues, but also as a tool by which they jointly consider the possibility of acceptance of views expressed.

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