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Teaching Argument

The ability to create a written argument is central to answering today’s A and AS level questions under the new syllabi. Examiners from the Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology pilot found the argumentation skills of the candidates somewhat lacking.

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Also see Working with Discussions for ideas on teaching with discussion to practice students' argument skills.

Open quoteDeveloping the skill of preparing a written argument is also important to perform well on the written papers.
Many candidates realised the substance of the argument but lost marks through not expressing themselves explicitly enough.Close quote

SNAB Examiners report June 2003

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