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Material:

Argumentation and Critical Thinking Tutorial

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Linda Record (Faculty), Mar 02, 2003
Comment: It?s not easy to develop tutorials in logic and critical thinking, and the
author of this site (Jay VerLinden) acknowledges those difficulties in a
?Limitations? page. He explains that the site is not a ?substitute for a good
text,? may not adequately correlate concepts that are tested with the concepts
in a particular textbook, may present concepts by names that are different from
those with which students are familiar, and that the tutorials are ?not meant to
help you directly improve your higher order critical thinking and argumentative
skills.?

Given the author?s stated limitations, the site contains a great deal of
terminology review information that is readily accessible to students. Exposure
to concepts or names beyond the scope of their coursework may be somewhat
confusing, but it may also afford students an opportunity to make connections to
a broader range of language used in argumentation.

Technical Remarks:

The site is arranged simply and all pages have clear navigation links. Pages
load quickly because they do not contain graphics. The ?Links to Other
Resources? page provides a categorized list of linked resources, only one of
which was a dead end. However, there were quite a few links to paranormal sites,
and it wasn?t clear how these were expected to fit in with the others.