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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2012

Ann J. Cahill, Stephen Bloch-Schulman
Pages 41-62
DOI: 10.5840/teachphil20123514

Argumentation Step-By-Step
Learning Critical Thinking through Deliberate Practice

In this paper, we offer a method of teaching argumentation that consists of students working through a series of cumulative, progressive steps at their own individual pace—a method inspired by martial arts pedagogy. We ground the pedagogy in two key concepts from the scholarship of teaching and learning: “deliberate practice” and “deep approaches to learning.” The step-by-step method, as well as the challenges it presents, is explained in detail. We also suggest ways that this method might be adapted for other classes.