Using a Writing Portfolio Project to Teach Critical Thinking Skills

Teaching Philosophy 33 (1):27-54 (2010)
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In this paper, we present an especially effective tool for helping students to learn and apply the skills of critical reasoning. Our Writing Portfolio Project is a set of nine progressively staged writing assignments that guide students through the formulation and development of an argumentative paper. The set of assignments are designed to reinforce, reintroduce, and repeat critical reasoning skills. In this paper, we articulate the potential uses for the Writing Portfolio Project, give a brief explanation of the reasoning behind the format of the project, and indicate ways one might implement the Writing Portfolio Project into one's curriculum
Keywords critical thinking  reasoning  philosophy of education
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