Using Argument Diagramming Software to Teach Critical Thinking Skills

Maralee Harrell
Carnegie Mellon University
There is substantial evidence from many domains that visual representations aid various forms of cognition. We aimed to determine whether visual representations of argument structure enhanced the acquisition and development of critical thinking skills within the context of an introductory philosophy course. We found a significant effect of the use of argument diagrams, and this effect was stable even when multiple plausible correlates were controlled for. These results suggest that natural and relatively minor modifications to standard critical thinking courses could provide substantial increases in student learning and performance.
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