MindEdge's Critical Thinking and Logic Learning Resource

MindEdge's Critical Thinking and Logic learning resource provides an introduction to the construction and evaluation of arguments. The learning resource begins with a discussion of the importance of critical thinking and its relevance in everyday circumstances. Throughout the learning resource students learn to distinguish between statements of preference and reasoned opinions, and they gain the tools necessary to determine whether they should or should not be persuaded by particular arguments.

Students are introduced to ways to evaluate inductive arguments for strength and good reasoning, and select number of informal fallacies of relevance, presumption, and ambiguity are introduced. Students learn to identify both tacit and implicit assumptions, and they are introduced to criteria for examining the reliability of evidence presented in support of conclusions.

In the formal argument section, students are introduced to truth tables and learn to symbolize arguments using first-order logical symbolization. Students learn to test deductive arguments for validity and to determine whether statements share relations of entailment and equivalence. Finally, these skills are combined as students apply rules of formal evaluation to construct formal argument proofs.

Video, games, and other interactive elements motivate students to progress while reviewing the various types of arguments and methods of evaluation. In the sections devoted to formal arguments, students have the opportunity to symbolize arguments, create truth tables, and construct proofs. Printable module summaries provide a brief, consolidated review of the key concepts introduced in each module.

This modular course can be tailored to your school with webtexts, ebooks, and optional trade paperbacks available. It seamlessly integrates into all learning management systems.

The first eight modules each begin with a diagnostic test and a self-assessment. The final module in the course contains a series of capstone exercises that ask the students to synthesize the various skills gained throughout the learning resource to evaluate particular arguments. The course is composed of the following nine modules:

  1. An Introduction To Critical Thinking and Logic
  2. Concepts of Logic and Critical Thinking
  3. Informal Fallacies
  4. Formal Analysis
  5. Formal Evaluation
  6. Evaluating Assumptions and Evidence
  7. Inductive Evaluation
  8. Complex Arguments
  9. Capstone Exercises