Chrysi Rapanta

Postdoctoral Researcher, ArgLab, IFL, FCSH-UNL /


Academic Degrees

PhD in Communication Sciences (2011). Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Cantoni. Committee Ext. Members: Prof. Douglas Walton, CRRAR, University of Windsor (CA) & Prof. Michael Baker, CNRS-TELECOM, ParisTech, Paris (FR)

Phd Dissertation: Communication processes in eLearning design and development: an interaction analysis approach.

DEA (equivalent to Masters of Philosophy) in Pedagogy and Psychopedgogy (2006). University of Granada, Spain

BA in Psychology (2004). Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Academic Expertise and Research interests

Argumentation analysis and assessment; Adult learning; Collaboration; Design processes; Intercultural Communication


Current Research Projects

Learning in Communities of Practice: an argumentative approach to educational praxis. FCT postdoctoral grant, SFRH/BPD/109331/2015


Latest Publications

Articles in Peer-reviewed journals

  • Rapanta, C. & Macagno, F. (2016). Argumentation methods in educational contexts. Introduction to the special issue. International Journal of Educational Research, 79, 142-150.

  • Rapanta, C. & Walton, D. (2016). The use of argument maps as an assessment tool in higher education. International Journal of Educational Research, 79, 211-220.

  • Rapanta, C. & Walton, D. (2016). Identifying paralogisms in two ethnically different contexts at University level. Revista Infancia y Aprendizaje, 39(1), 119-149.

  • Rapanta, C. & Hample, D. (2015). Orientations to interpersonal arguing in the United Arab Emirates with comparisons to the United States, China and India. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 44(4), 263-287.

  • Rapanta, C. & Badran, D. (2015). Same but different: Perception of interpersonal arguing in two Arabic populations (UAE & Lebanon). Journal of Media Critiques, 1(2), 119-131.

  • Rapanta, C., Garcia-Mila, M., & Gilabert, S. (2013). What is meant by argumentative competence? An integrative review of methods of analysis and assessment in education. Review of Educational Research, 83(4), 483-520.

Conference Proceedings (selected)

  • Rapanta, C. (2016). Are you ready to collaborate? An adaptive measurement of students´ arguing skills before expecting them to learn together. In Proceedings of 11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 13-16 September, Lyon, France.

  • Rapanta, C. & Garcia-Mila, M. (2014). Current trends in educational research on argumentation. What comes after Toulmin? In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Society for the Study of Argumentation, 1-4 July, Amsterdam.

  • Rapanta, C. (2013). How do young Arab Emiratis argue? In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, 10-13 January, Doha, Qatar.

  • Rapanta, C. (2011). Argumentation and design deliberation: a mutual relationship. In F. Zenker (Ed.), Argumentation: Cognition and Community. Presented at the 9th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), 18-21 May, Windsor, Ontario.

  • Rapanta, C., Schadewitz, N., & Holden, G. (2010). Design and communication patterns observed in an eLearning design team: A case-study. In Proceedings of ED-MEDIA Conference, 28 June-2 July, Toronto, Canada.

  • Rapanta, C., Botturi, L. & Schmeil, A. (2010). Understanding team design communication through the designers’ eye: a descriptive-analytic approach. In Proceedings of DRS2010- Design Research Society Conference, July 7-9, Montreal, Canada.


Latest Conference Presentations

  • 2015: Paper presentation at the 1st European Conference on Argumentation, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • 2014: Paper presentation at the International Society for the Study of Argumentation Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2014: Paper presentation at the Towards a Sustainable Excellence: Leading a Successful Transformation Conference, Dubai, UAE.

  • 2013: Paper presentation at the 4th International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, Doha, Qatar.

  • 2012: Paper presentation at the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference of Association for Business Communication, Seoul, Korea (2nd best paper award).


The complete CV can be found here


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa