Discussion questions

Read and respond to EACH number in a non- essay format with at least 100 words and no more than 150 words. Must be a minimum of 100 words for each numbered question/response.

1)Everyone,Megan is correct that asking questions is an important part of critical thinking. According to Paul and Elder (1996)The key to powerful thinking is powerful questioning. When we ask the right questions, we succeed as a thinker, for questions are the force that powers our thinking.”

What kinds of questions will you ask to get at the truth?


2)The text talks about the three categories of questions, question of fact, preference, and judgment and these are the types of questions you ask to think critically. These kinds of questions will get you knowledgeable answers and “lead you to more questioning” Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2012), which is all a part of thinking critically. You want to ask questions that take some thought and reflection and you may even ask questions that make you uncomfortable or make you feel not so smart, but these questions will only open your mind and allow more thought and questions which is critical thinking and will lead you to the truth. respond to this students post

3)Asking questions, the right questions goes to the heart of critical thinking. Paul & Elder (2012), identify the three categories of asking questions; questions of fact, questions of preference, and questions of judgment.

Let’s start this discussion talking about each of these types of questions.

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Please select one category of questioning and explain it in your own words.

Reference: Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2012). Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.


Questions of judgment in my own words would be, questions that are primarily up for debate. There are many possibilities but in this category, it’s important to find the best possible answer. The only way to find the best possible answer is by debating what is right and what is wrong and evaluating every answer rationally. Doing this rationally requires evidence and in my opinion lots of patience. You can’t rush questions of judgment. For examples in a court of law this type of questioning is common, you can’t make an impulsive decision because it may cause more damage than good. In the text, it gives an example, “what is the best thing we can do to save the earth?” This is certainly a question of judgment because you need to evaluate and debate until we get the best possible answer of what to do to save the Earth, we can’t just make a decision without ruling out whats right and whats wrong.


When we talk about argument, we are interested in understanding the diverse points of view that exist within our world. When supporting our own point of view it is important to remove emotion and focus on supporting details.

After watching this video discuss how critical thinking can help you analyze and construct arguments.

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6)One way people may think about arguments is that they are ‘fights’ or ‘quarrels.’ However, when we discuss arguments, in logic and critical thinking, an argument is a claim or statement supported by evidence. When considering your own point of view on a topic, the stronger you are able to support your “side” the more likely you will be able to convince others to go along with you.

When constructing an argument the narrator suggests we should consider two things; a differing point of view and possible questions or objections.

Why would this be important?

Reference: Evidence in argument: Critical thinking [Video file]. (2009). Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=…

7)How can you determine if an argument is valid?

8)This video gave a lot of detail about valid and invalid arguments and how to tell if an argument is valid. From this video, I understand that arguments can’t be true or false they can only be valid or invalid. There are two premises and one conclusion in arguments. The premises are the statements that are doing the supporting and the conclusion is the statement that is being supported. The argument is valid only if its premises guarantee the truth of its conclusion.

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by EssayPro