CoRT 3 deals with two-people situations.

The thinker is no longer looking directly at the subject matter but at someone elses thinking. The main area is that of argument, debate, conflict, opinion, etc.

These lessons provide ways of assessing evidence.

We also examine different strategies used to prove a point and the two main classes of error.

There are two practical procedures for helping to solve conflicts;

"Examine Both Sides (EBS)" and in the mapping operation called

"Agreement, Disagreement, Irrelevance (ADI)."

The aim of CoRT 3 is to encourage pupils to listen to what is being said and to assess its value.

We are also encouraged to adopt a constructive approach to resolving arguments.


Tools:

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    1: EBS
    Deliberate practice in examining both sides of an argument instead of blindly supporting one side.

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    2: EVIDENCE
    The types of evidence put forward in an argument. Distinguishing between fact and opinion.

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    3: EVIDENCE - VALUE
    Practice in the assessment of the value of evidence. Not all evidence is of equal value.

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    4: EVIDENCE - STRUCTURE
    Examining evidence. Does it stand on its own, is it dependent on other evidence which in turn depends on something else.

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    5: ADI
    Mapping out these areas to increase areas of agreement and reduce areas of disagreement.

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    6: BEING RIGHT - 1
    Two of the main ways of being right. (1) Examining the idea itself, its implications and effects. (2) Referring to facts, authority, feelings.

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    7: BEING RIGHT 2
    The other two ways of being right. ( 1 ) Use of names, labels, classifications. (2)Judgment, including the use of value words.

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    8: BEING WRONG 1
    Exaggeration - false generalizations, taking things to extremes. Basing conclusions on only part of the situation.

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    9: BEING WRONG 2
    The remaining two ways of being wrong: mistake and prejudice.

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    10: OUTCOME
    What has been achieved at the end of an argument? Seven possible levels of achievement short of complete agreement.

 


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