Take a look at these 6 critical thinking steps with examples to demonstrate the path to better outcomes. The key is that the information is selected and structured appropriately.With Rationale’s grouping maps you can drag information from the web onto your workspace via the scratchpad and include colour, hyperlinks and images.After these sections, the last five sections deal with common errors, different types of arguments, and fallacies.
The structured, pyramid like maps provide a guide for students to structure the information in such a way that reveals the connections between the main topic and its various themes or categories.
Many people provide opinions but rarely provide supporting reasons for their view.
Rationale provides a visual guide for the evaluation of claims and evidence – the stronger the colour, the stronger the argument while icons designate acceptable or rejected claims.
While learning this process of evaluating arguments, the colour and icons provide immediate undertanding and communication of the conclusion.
It also includes indicator or connecting words so that the relationship between statements is clearly understood.
A test of a solid argument is how good the evidence is that underpins the claims.
takes a more practical and more comprehensive approach.
It teaches students in grades four through nine how to find and evaluate evidence to help them arrive at accurate conclusions.
While they do not try to cover all types of arguments and fallacies, they build a foundational understanding.
Some of the exercises are similar to critical thinking items that appear on newer standardized tests.