Do Argument Maps Help
Your Critical Thinking?
Studies observing the influence of argument maps on
critical thinking skills have so far shown a lot of promise.
Here are a few of these:
Claudia María Álvarez Ortiz from the University of Melbourne found that students who participated in critical thinking courses which used argument mapping tools achieved significant gains in their critical thinking skills. In fact this study observed that the more the students used argument mapping in their course work, the greater their improvement in critical thinking was.
3 other scientists from the same University of Melbourne- Tim van Gelder, Melanie Bissett and Geoff Cumming taught a critical thinking course through the use of argument mapping. At the end of the course they found significant improvements in their students’ critical thinking skills.
A study published in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology compared the critical thinking skills of students who either used or did not use argument maps within a critical thinking course. The study found that those who did use argument mapping scored higher than those who didn’t.
The Monash University also found similar results, with argument mapping often precisely pinpointing where students were wrong, such as confusing helping premises for separate reasons, making it much easier for them to fix their errors.
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