Argument Assessment in the Context of Critical Thinking Teaching
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argument assessment
argument refutation
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One of the main goals of critical thinking courses should be to provide students with tools helpful in making right choices in their daily lives. During such courses, much attention is usually paid to teaching the students how to assess arguments. In this paper, I try to answer the question – which method of assessing arguments is best suited for critical thinking courses? I think that such a method should be intuitive and “user-friendly” – it should be easy to learn and to use as well. These conditions seem to be necessary for the method to be actually used by those who have finished the course. In the paper, I describe the method of evaluating arguments which I think fulfills these conditions. It is based primarily on ideas taken from S.N. Thomas (1986) and M. Tokarz (2006). Some details of the method, as well as the way of presenting it to students, I worked out while teaching informal logic and critical thinking courses.

Krzysztof A. Wieczorek
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Wydział Nauk Społecznych
ORCID: 0000-0002-9352-1512

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