Weighing opposing positions: Examining the effects of intratextual persuasive messages on students' knowledge and beliefs

Andria Andiliou, Crystal M. Ramsay, Pricilla Karen Murphy, Jerel Fast

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Abstract

The proliferation of new forms of media has given way to a multitude of new text structures, particularly texts designed to alter the receiver's perspectives. Yet, little is known about the ways in which these novel text structures alter the characteristics of the receiver including one's knowledge and beliefs. As such, the purpose of this multi-phase investigation was to explore the persuasion process when students read a persuasive message with an intratextual structure. Intratextual persuasion refers to a text structure in which two one-sided texts are presented together as a single message. As a result of reading an intratextual persuasive message, students' perceived knowledge increased, and their topic beliefs strengthened differentially based upon students' position on the controversial issue. Moreover, participants judged the characteristics of the overall commentary similarly, but they rated the characteristics of the two opposing texts differentially based on their position. Implications for research and instruction pertaining to persuasive texts with complex argument structure are forwarded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-127
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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