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ERIC Number: ED366988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Pages: 17
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How Persuasive Writing Aids Critical Thinking.
Burkhalter, Nancy
Even though the importance of critical thinking skills has been recognized and studied by experts in several fields, the research has not yielded a clear definition, nor has a clear explanation been proffered of how writing can foster critical thinking. This article reviews the literature on the various definitions of critical thinking and examines how critical thinking can be promoted through writing. Persuasive writing can especially help the acquisition of critical thinking skills because: (1) that genre calls upon several of the same higher-level thinking skills as critical thinking; (2) it forces students to think in concepts because the organizational structure requires connection of ideas through a hierarchy of thesis statements and topic sentences; and (3) it teaches writers to create their own alternatives to problems instead of merely analyzing those of others. (Contains 52 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Writing Thinking Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).