Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Argument Mapping

Part of being able to evaluate an argument is being able to identify the elements and structure of the argument.  What are the claims?  What evidence is provided?  What assumptions are made?

An argument map is a visual way of outline the structure of an argument. Aulink provides six tutorials about creating arguments maps at http://austhink.com/reason/tutorials/. Each tutorial presents both information and exercises so students can learn and practice argument mapping. Auslink is trying to sell their argument mapping software, but you don’t need to purchase anything to use and benefit from the tutorials.

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Mission: Critical

Are you interested in making use of an online tutorial to help your students learn to think critically?  Take a look at Mission: Critical, a critical thinking tutorial by San Jose State University.  This website explains the parts of an argument (statements, premises, conclusions, support), inductive and deductive arguments, and a number of common fallacious appeals.  Interspersed with the explanations are interactive quizzes to help students determine how well they have mastered the material.

Read the MERLOT peer review of Mission: Critical.

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