As part of a book on critical thinking, this chapter focuses on helping learners to develop clear and focused thinking through defining. It covers these definition methods:
--Aristotle's Essential Definition
At the end of the chapter:
A. Writing Topics
B. Thinking Exercises, which uses a short thought-provoking 'Island Case' story plus a set of individual and group learning activities to lead students, step by step, to do these:
1. Rank the characters in the Island Case by likability and acceptability, and share the scores in groups.
2. Identify the key values of the characters in the Island Case.
3. Define the key values of the characters.
4. State the characters' core assumptions.
5. State students' own assumptions.
6. State the assumptions of peers who disagree with them for better understanding.
7. Examine the assumptions for validity.
8. Rank the characters again and see if there is any difference or improved understanding.
9. Write about their complete thought process in a paper.
The 19 pages here can help learners to gain clear and focused thinking, and enable them to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others through assumption analysis. All of these are vital for critical thinking and leadership.
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