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Module 3 - Lectures Notes (HLS-355-OL)

Module 3 - Lectures Notes (HLS-355-OL) - Module 3 The...

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Module 3: The Elements of Thought The Elder and Paul model of critical thinking suggests that, whatever your discipline, it is worthwhile for you to engage in asking eight key questions of the materials you peruse. In doing this, you can look beyond the face value of words to view the underlying messages and intentions. This can make you enlightened and thoughtful consumers of information and opinions. © 2001 Foundation for Critical Thinking Using such a model has other benefits as well. For example, it allows you to develop cogent arguments against opinions that are voiced when you realize the opinions and their source – often underlying assumptions. It also allows you to recognize the opinions and assumptions in your own work, and then try to lessen them. The Miniature Guide to Analytic Thinking (pp. 24 and 25) provides some guidance on how to answer the eight questions on a particular piece. Pages 37 – 44 offer a more in-depth look. Some practical guidance may also be in order.
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