Linguistics 21, Sections 1 and 2 Spring 2010 First Essay Assignment Length: 500 words Due: Wednesday, February 10 Format: 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins all around, name/date/course in the upper tight-hand corner. Grading: Total 5 points Topic: A Critical Decision Reflect on a decision you have made in the past. You may find it interesting and productive to reflect on a decision that, in retrospect, wasn’t very good. Describe the context of the decision (what was going on – what forced the decision?) and your decision-making process at the time. Look at your decision in light of the standards (clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, consistency, logical correctness, completeness, fairness) and barriers (egocentrism, sociocentrism, relativistic thinking, unwarranted assumption, wishful thinking) suggested in Bassham et al. Is there some standard in particular that your decision did not meet? Was there some barrier in particular that kept you from making a better decision? Grading Criteria:
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