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Reasoning Concepts

The Language or Reasoning

REASONING CONCEPTS are those words that give structure our thoughts and connect them with other thoughts in larger structures. They are words like cause, whole, same, different, some, all, reason, definition, conclusion, alternative, important and evidence. We need to understand their resourcefulness in order to compare, infer, rank, construct arguments and do all the other things distinctive of complex thinking and dialogue.

In this section we collect activities and ideas to help you develop your pupils’ capacities to understand reasoning concepts and and the variety of ways they can be expressed and used in critical and creative thinking.

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Strong and weak reasons

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An activity that helps pupils to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of reasons for an opinion.

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