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Module 4 - Lecture Notes (HLS-355-OL)

Module 4 - Lecture Notes (HLS-355-OL) - Module 4 Asking the...

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Module 4: Asking the Right Questions The book, Asking the Right Questions, suggests that the right questions are: 1. “What are the issues and the conclusions? 2. What are the reasons? 3. Which words or phrases are ambiguous? 4. What are the value conflicts and assumptions? 5. What are the descriptive assumptions? 6. Are there any fallacies in the reasoning? 7. How good is the evidence? 8. Are there rival causes? 9. Are the statistics deceptive? 10. What significant information is omitted? 11. What reasonable conclusions are possible?” (Browne and Keeley, 2007, p.13) This suggests that, when taking a critical approach to a persuasive piece, a deep investigation into the material is needed. While its conclusions may be apparent, deceptive data, omissions and conflicts may not be so easy to figure out. In the passage below, look at what is said and not said. Should children be taught the warning signs of terrorist activity? Although parents are reluctant to get their children involved, having them aware of terrorist indicators could save the lives of thousands. Children, especially after school hours or on school vacations, are out
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