Many researchers have studied the teaching of argumentation, and here is a list of key publications and useful links to other resources in this area to support teachers’ professional development.

Research Publications

Anderson, R.D. (2007). Inquiry as an Organizing Theme for Science Curricula. In: Abell & Lederman (Eds.), Handbook of research on science education (pp. 807–830). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Minner, D.D., Levy, A.J., & Century, J. (2009). Inquiry-Based Science Instruction – what is it and does it matter? Results from Research synthesis years 1984-2002. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. DOI 10.1002/tea.20347

Osborne, J., Erduran, S. and Simon, S. (2004) Ideas, evidence and argument in science. In-service training pack, resource pack and video. London: Nuffield Foundation (available as CD-ROM and DVD.

Osborne, J., Erduran, S. & Simon, S. (2004) Enhancing the quality of argument in school science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 41(10), 994-1020.

Simon, S., Erduran, S. & Osborne, J. (2006) Learning to teach argumentation: research and development in the science classroom. International Journal of Science Education 28(2-3), 235-260.

Simon, S. & Johnson, S. (2008) Professional learning portfolios for argumentation in school science. International Journal of Science Education. 30 (5) 669-688

Simon, S. & Richardson, K. (2009) Argumentation in school science: Breaking the tradition of authoritative exposition through a pedagogy that promotes discussion and reasoning. Argumentation 23: 469-493. DOI 10.1007/s10503-009-9164-9

Simon, S. & Maloney, J. (2006) Learning to teach 'ideas and evidence' in science: a study of school mentors and trainee teachers. School Science Review, 87 (321) 75-82

Von Aufschnaiter, C., Erduran, S., Osborne, J. & Simon, S. (2008) Arguing to learn and learning to argue: case studies of how students' argumentation relates to their scientific knowledge. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 45 (1) 101-131

Useful Links