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ERIC Number: ED359584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Micro Inductive-Reasoning Unit within the Basic Speech Course.
Bohlken, Robert
An instructional approach to reasoning and critical thinking which fulfills behavioral objectives and retains a general educational perspective for the development of student knowledge and skills is the "micro inductive reasoning unit." In this approach neither subject matter nor propositions are prescribed. The teacher acts as facilitator in the implementation of the methods in the unit. The class begins the unit by trying to isolate problems which are relevant and immediate for class members. The class is divided into small groups of four to six students. Each group takes a topic from those that evolved and the members decide the best way to phrase a question that can be analyzed according to causes and solutions. Groups exchange questions and go through the process of problem-solution discussion. Students record consensus on the nature of the problem, causes, possible solutions, and advantages and disadvantages of each solution. The statement of the best solution becomes the proposition for debate. Each group divides into two groups of two or three members. One group now becomes the advocate of the proposition and argues for its adoption. The inductive reasoning unit in the basic speech course enables the fulfillment of legitimate behavioral and competitive argument. (Diagrams illustrating the micro-inductive approach and a chart describing parts of the unit are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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