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ERIC Number: ED144672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-10
Pages: 75
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A Game Plan for Teaching Logic.
Woloshin, Phyllis Lerman
An experiment using game-theory to teach a unit on "fallacies" in logic was conducted at Oakton Community College. One experimental and two control group lecture-style classes were taught by three teachers using the same text and final test. The experimental class, after an introductory segment presented in lecture style, were involved in a courtroom trial situation. Students were randomly divided into three groups of ten, each of which was a litigant fighting over one piece of property. Each student had to develop an individual fallacious argument which was then used to construct the group argument. Selected lawyers from each group presented the arguments at the trial, and students had to signal their lawyers to object each time they recognized a fallacy. Points were awarded to the team for each fallacy sustained, with points deducted for incorrect indentifications. At the conclusion of the three-week unit, the three classes were tested on subject content. The control classes averaged 4.4 and 4.3 from a possible 15 point score, while the experimental group averaged 9.4. Limitations to the study included the lack of a comparative pre-test, variations in teaching styles in the control groups, and variations in student populations. This document also contains a related review of learning theory. The problems and tests used in the experiment are appended. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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