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Measuring Cogency In Argument In The Seventh-Grade English Classroom, Millie Gonzalez-Balsam May 2018

Measuring Cogency In Argument In The Seventh-Grade English Classroom, Millie Gonzalez-Balsam

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Constructing a cogent argument that addresses real-world problems aids students in the development of critical thinking and requires students to present multiple perspectives in a credible manner. Yet, rubrics do not always measure students’ reasoning. The purpose of this study was to create a valid and reliable instrument to measure cogency in argument. I created a Teacher Designed Rubric Measuring Cogency (TDRMC) based on Toulmin’s model of argument for its emphasis on context-specific warrants, and I used Wilson’s framework for assessment to operationalize the construct of cogency. I compared the TDRMC to the current standardized assessment rubric for ...