Looking for an argument? Developing pupils’ argumentation skills in environmental issues


Nigel Fancourt, Liam Guilfoyle, and Jessica Chan

Introduction: RE is undoubtedly a key subject for developing skills of argumentation, for students to learn how to present their own ideas, and to comment on and critique the arguments of others. In a world of ‘fake news’, ‘post-truth’, and ‘misinformation’, many educators would agree on the importance of critical thinking, reasoning, and argumentation, especially around environmental issues. In this short article we reflect on the need and the opportunity for developing these skills, both in an interdisciplinary way and specifically within RE.    

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