Written Assignment 4 - The Right Questions and The Elements of Thought

Written Assignment 4 - The Right Questions and The Elements of Thought

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Critical Thinking for Homeland Security 2010-04-HLS-355-OL009 Written Assignment 4 By Gabriel A. Godart Thomas Edison State College. In the discipline of critical thinking, two models stand out to give the reader and thinker, a guideline to analyze a document. The first model, known “the elements of thought”, was suggested by Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Richard Paul. It consists on gaining the ability to read between the lines by asking and answering eight key questions, which we will expose afterward. The second model is referred to as the “right questions”, and is fully described by M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley in Asking The Right Questions, A guide to Critical Thinking, Eight Edition. We will enumerate the “right questions” as well, in an effort to uncover the similarities and differences of both models, and eventually decide whether one approach is ‘better’ than the other or if their positive points should be blended together. The “elements of thought”, as mentioned previously, are composed of eight key questions. What is the author’s purpose? What is the author’s point of view? What assumptions are made? What are the implications? What evidence is provided? What are inferences or conclusions? What are the basic concepts? What are the key questions? The answers to these questions will certainly help the reader to better understand the author’s reasoning, and unveil hidden concepts the untrained mind cannot perceive.
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