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ERIC Number: ED312635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
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Critical Thinking and the Art of Judgment.
Walton, Craig
"Six Steps of Argument Analysis" is a model for a critical thinking class which illustrates where and how the teacher can break off from the well-ordered sequence of critical thinking skills in order to provide occasions for each student to realize where he or she is making a judgment. Through use of this model the teacher can encourage the student to make judgments, to use these initial judgment makings as materials for discussion about an individual's art of judgment, and to differentiate a well-made judgment from a poorly made one. The six steps include: clarifying the meaning; bracketing and numbering relevant sentences or phrases; diagramming the argument; evaluating the evidence in the argument; evaluating the inferences; and assessing the overall soundness of the argument. These six skills necessarily require textbook reading, some homework and class discussion, some of which is necessarily didactic, in a sequence whose steps are to be justified, whereby the student may practice skills and acquire proficiency. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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