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Critical Thinking

This workshop will teach participants how to:

  • Properly assess the issues at hand
  • Use a structured technique in analysis and conclusion
  • Identify reasoning and apply proper techniques of questioning


The Benefit of asking the right questions

  • Critical thinking to the rescue
  • Alternative thinking styles
  • Asking critical questions
  • Thinking and feeling
  • The efficiency of asking the question, "Who cares?"
  • Weak-sense and strong-sense critical thinking
  • Trying out new answers
  • Effective communication and critical thinking


What are the issue and the conclusion?

  • Kinds of issues
  • Searching for the issue
  • Searching for the author's or speaker's conclusion
  • Clues to discovery: How to find the conclusion
  • Critical thinking and your own writing and speaking


What Are the Reasons?

  • Reasons + Conclusion = Argument
  • Initiating the questioning process
  • Words that identify reasons
  • Kinds of reasons
  • Keeping the reasons and conclusions straight
  • Reasons first, then conclusions
  • "Fresh" reasons and your growth
  • Critical thinking and your own writing and speaking


Critical thinking considerations:

  • Value conflicts and assumptions
  • Descriptive assumptions
  • Fallacies in the reasoning
  • Good evidence:
  1. Intuition, personal experience, testimonials, and appeals to authority
  2. Personal observation, research studies, case examples, and analogies?
  • Rival causes
    • Deception in statistics
    • Omitting significant information
    • Possible reasonable conclusions