ERIC Number: ED273959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Composition for Critical Thinking: A Course Description.
Intended for college or secondary school teachers of courses beyond the basic level in freshman English and composition, this course description treats components of composition for critical thinking, including semantics, tone, logic, and argumentation, and their application to writing critical, argumentative, and research papers. The introduction discusses current theory, research, and teaching in composition. The course outline is designed for two 15-week terms, each with a set of required readings and writing assignments. The first term portion of the outline covers the following topics: basics, exposition, and development; fact, opinion, and evidence; logic and argumentative rhetoric; causes and patterns of subjectivity, partisanship, and bias; political rhetoric and semantics; and rhetorical/semantic/political analysis of mass media. The second term portion of the outline is structured to cover (1) an introduction to research and to information evaluation; (2) fact, opinion, and evidence; (3) logic and argumentative rhetoric; (4) causes and patterns of subjectivity, partisanship, and bias; (5) political rhetoric and semantics; and (6) rhetorical/semantic/political analysis of mass media. A postscript is included in which students' feedback to actual "composition for critical thinking" courses is discussed. Appendices include: a list of current periodicals with a center-conservative to center-liberal orientation; suggestions for research paper topics; a checklist for analyzing arguments; and a semantic calculator for bias in rhetoric. (JD)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Course Content, Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness, Data Interpretation, Evaluation Methods, Evaluative Thinking, Expository Writing, Higher Education, Intellectual Development, Logical Thinking, Mass Media Effects, Persuasive Discourse, Political Influences, Political Socialization, Research Skills, Rhetorical Criticism, Secondary Education, Student Reaction, Writing Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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