In the next post, we’ll be taking a look at the modules in the A2 portion of the critical thinking A-Level.
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On top of this, students must be able to evaluate evidence which is frequently used in arguments: • Ambiguity in statistical data; • The representative quality and size of surveys; • How evidence was collected; • Alternative ways of interpreting the same data.
The credibility module focuses on students’ ability to assess claims made in a text.
Critical Thinking at A-Level – A2 Units • Ethical theories; • Recognising and applying principles; • Dilemmas and decision-making; • Analysis of complex arguments; • Evaluating complex arguments; • Developing cogent and complex arguments.
Here, we’re going to take a look at each of the topics.
Like most other A-Level subjects, it’s divided into two parts: • AS Level; • A2 Level.
From here, AS and A2 Levels are split into the following units: Critical Thinking at A-Level – AS Units • The language of reasoning; • Credibility; • Analysis of argument; • Evaluating arguments; • Developing reasoned arguments.
In this unit, students will learn how to identify an argument, as well as the premises and conclusion which constitute it.
In addition to this, students will have to be able to explain what the following ideas and devices are, and be able to identify them in an argument: • Reason; • Conclusion; • Evidence; • Examples; • Hypothetical reasoning (such as ‘if, then’ statements); • Counter-assertion; • Counter-argument; • Assumptions.