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ERIC Number: EJ854836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Questions First: Introducing Critical Thinking Using the Text Analysis Matrix (TAM)
Keller, J. Gregory
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v8 n2 p11-24 May 2008
Critical thinking skills are crucial for both academic and everyday life. This paper presents the author's Text Analysis Matrix (TAM), a model for developing skills for the critical examination of texts. The TAM guidelines involve finding and clarifying the main claims of a text, discovering and assessing arguments, uncovering the implications for thinking and for action of the claims made in a text, and, finally, looking at the social and political impact of a text in the form of a critique. Results of the application of the TAM with an introductory Ethics course indicated more sophisticated arguments and more awareness of the broad implications of one's beliefs, as well as a greater awareness of social and political critique, at the end of the semester than at the beginning. (Contains 1 table and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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