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Digital thinking tools for better decision making
Digital thinking tools for better decision making

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6 Summary of Session 4

This session, you learned about a first argument map. You saw how an argument map can help you get ready to write a reasoned conclusion. Building an argument suggests a way to get started:

  • First identify a main claim.
  • Then look for supporting and opposing claims.
  • The supporting and opposing claims may themselves require further opposing or supporting claims.
  • Make sure that your argument map has a solid base. For any claims at the base, ask yourself whether your audience is likely to accept it.
  • Finally, examine your argument map carefully, turning it step-by-step into a reasoned conclusion. A recipe was provided that can help you with this.

Of course, the recipe is not set in stone. It provides you with some guidance on how to write your own reasoned conclusions. As you get more confident at doing so, you may want to explore your own variations on this recipe.