How to Argue: Essential Skills for Writing and Speaking Convincingly

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9780132412476: How to Argue: Essential Skills for Writing and Speaking Convincingly

How to Argue will banish fears and confusion felt by students demonstrating their ability to argue. Packed with tried and tested advice, this book will guide them through the techniques of forming an academic argument, from contradictions and tensions, to empirical adequacy, structure and presentation.

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'I think that the remit of this proposal - to provide students with guidelines for the development of skills of academic argumentation - is a worthwhile one. That students are unable to put together an argument is a common lament amongst teaching staff in higher education establishments, and this book could make a significant contribution to correcting such a failing...the book's layout and remit is certainly basic, clear and exhaustive.' - Simon Naylor

'I think this book will sell as it fulfills a need in tertiary education which is not currently being met...I think you'd be onto a winner, and a winner which hopefully won't date.' - Sarah Holloway

'Clearly a book such as this would be appropriate for such courses. Essentially then a text geared to introductory undergraduate courses and /or Access to Higher Education type courses.' - Ian Marsh

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How to Argue – Revised and Expanded Edition

Alastair Bonnett

 

Confused and intimidated by the prospect of preparing and presenting an argument? Learning how to argue is one of the most challenging skills that you will have to master at university.

This new and expanded edition of How to Argue will banish fears and confusion about demonstrating your ability to argue.By applying the techniques described in this book, you should find the challenge of presenting a coherent and considered argument much easier. Packed with tried and tested advice, this book will guide you through the techniques of forming an academic argument, from contradictions and tensions, to empirical adequacy, structure and presentation.

How to Argue provides the essential advice that you will need on all aspects of argument at university, including:

  • Choosing and structuring your argument
  • Being original
  • Arguing in different academic contexts
  • Arguing in oral presentations
  • Criticising arguments
  • The role of argument in dissertations and exams
  • Advice from examples and case studies

Also containing a practical glossary of key terms, How to Argue is sure to help you create and present even the most ambitious arguments clearly and convincingly.

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Social Geography in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University.

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