Explain the similarities and differences between how the lay public and the critical-thinking community view argument. Then explain the implications for public discourse.
(1) Give the similarities and differences between how the lay public and the critical thinking community view argument.
Critical thinking is a higher order thinking skill which consists of evaluating, interpreting, analyzing, and making inferences as well as an explanation of evidence, upon which judgments are made (Helsdingen, van Gog, & van Merriënboer, 2011). Critical thinking requires that there be an understanding of what is being proposed. On the other hand, argument is meant to build a cohesive, logical communication of ideas that justifies one's thinking (Schommer-Aikins & Easter, 2009, p. 118).
(A) Critical thinking-similarities
- Critical thinking skills are reflective of a self-evaluation tool that leads to effective organization.
- Strategies on the development of critical thinking skills includes: (a) thinking that is clear, precise, accurate, logical and consistent, and (b) thinking that reflects a controlled sense of skepticism or disbelief of any assertion, clear or conclusion until sufficient reasoning is provided (Allen, Berkowitz, Hunt & Louden, 1999).
- Critical thinking is based on beliefs that reflect existing information and ideas, and thinking that is a biased and one sided (Allen ei al, p. 18).
- The willingness to argue is associated with ...
This solution compares the critical thinking community to the non-critical thinking community. It explains the similarities and differences between the two comunities, and how each community views argumentation. Next. it discusses the implications for discourse.