This course on critical thinking will help you learn a variety
of skills and attitudes that can be applied in your Oral Communication,
Written Communication, and Educational Technologies courses.
These skills and attitudes also can be used in any context
where someone is giving a reason (or, argument) for some claim,
thesis, position, or point of view. This means that critical
thinking appears used in argumentative contexts, not when
a person or "text" (essay, book, article, editorial,
speech) is simply giving an explanation, or command, or question
(interrogatory) something, or exclamation (or, expression
of their feelings or emotions). Whenever a person is called
upon to "prove a point," "give a thesis,"
"give an argument," "defend a point of view,"
or "give reasons for doing or believing something,"
the person is asked to engage in critical thinking. This course
will help MACCESS 2003 students learn how to engage in critical
thinking; the ultimate goal is to improve the student's critical
thinking, reasoning, and writing skills.
course will be conducted in a combination lecture-discussion
format and in conjunction with the course "Educational
Technologies." Students will engage in cooperative learning
activities both inside and outside the classroom on topics
and "homework assignments" given in the Oral and
Written Communication courses. MACCESS students also will
learn how to use critical thinking to research and evaluate
information and resources on the Internet, improve their skills
and versatility with word processing, email, doing research,
and other aspects of computing and educational technologies.