Assessing the Impact of Argument Mapping on Critical Thinking Skills: Tim van Gelder

Free Public Lecture

Assessing the Impact of Argument Mapping on Critical Thinking Skills: Tim van Gelder

Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education Teaching and Learning Seminar Series

Argument maps are just diagrams showing the structure of reasoning. A growing body of studies indicate that creating these maps can substantially enhance critical thinking skills. This talk will present a meta-analytic review of these studies, against the backdrop of one teacher's quixotic attempts, over many years, to help students reason and argue more effectively.

The Teaching and Learning Seminar Series showcases evidence-based best practice in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education.

Dr Tim van Gelder is an applied epistemologist with a background in philosophy. After gaining a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, he completed his PhD in Pittsburgh and then taught at Indiana University before returning to Melbourne on an ARC fellowship.

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