Evidence evaluation and use in undergraduates' everyday reasoning

A. Anderson, R. Soden, S.C. Hunter

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In a peer interaction task involving controversial topics, 30 undergraduate psychology students identified strengths and weaknesses of various items of evidence. Participants could make some appropriate criticisms of evidence and were most positive about research-based evidence. However, generalizations were most frequently used to bolster participants' arguments, even after exposure to various evidence forms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
Number of pages12
JournalScottish Educational Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • college students
  • critical thinking
  • generalization
  • higher education
  • logical thinking
  • persuasive discourse


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