The use of cell phone in the classroom is beneficial or harmful

Length:5-7 pages, 7–9
paragraphs, 1600–1800 words

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This writing project
includes a comprehensive application of the elements of critical reasoning that
we are studying in this course. The main objective is to use the critical
thinking strategies described in the course to analyze and evaluate contrasting
arguments. You can preview the requirements for the final paper in the Week 8
assignment below.

This is not an opinion
piece or persuasive essay. The goal is to present contrasting arguments using
information from credible sources and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses
of these positions using content from the course.

As you put this
together, are you following the critical analysis process that we emphasize in
critical reasoning? This means fairly considering all research equally before
reaching a conclusion.

Your rough draft
should include 1–2 paragraphs for each of the following elements:

1.     
Introduction: Identify the issue/topic. Provide the
necessary background and important recent developments. Define key terms and
concepts.

2.     
Arguments and Counterarguments: Summarize the
best arguments on both sides of the issue. Include relevant research from
credible sources used to support each conclusion.

3.     
Evaluation of Critical Thinking: Assess the
strength of the arguments and the quality of thinking surrounding this issue.

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Identify weaknesses in critical thinking such as fallacies,
rhetorical devices, vague language, and cognitive biases. Provide specific
examples of how these weaknesses appear in arguments, using terminology and
definitions from the course

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Evaluate the quality of scientific and anecdotal evidence using
the standards of inductive and deductive reasoning described in the course.
Consider the quality of causal relationship, analogies, generalizations, and/or
moral reasoning.

4.     
Conclusion: Analyze the totality of research and offer a critical
thinker’s response to the issue. Identify your own position and experience with
the issue and explain how your thinking of the subject has evolved as a result
of your analysis.

You must use a minimum
of 5 research references in APA Style and include in-text citations in your
paragraphs. Include a minimum of 3 academic peer-reviewed books or journal
articles.

Think of a topic that
has two sides.

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These sides may be on opposite sides

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Side A argues X while side B argues Y.

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These side may be on the same side but for differing reasons.

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Side A and B both agree (or disagree), but side A argues for
reason X while side B argues for reason Y.

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Avoid opinion, feeling, or personal thoughts

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Evaluate each side by evaluating and analyzing the use of the
Course Concepts

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Rhetorical Devices, Logical Fallacies, Cognitive Biases,
Inductive OR Deductive Reasoning

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60% of the paper needs to focus on the Course Concepts

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Report on what your sources found in Academic Research

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This is NOT an Argument NOR a Research Paper.

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This is a Discourse Analysis, evaluating and analyzing an
academic conversation

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DO NOT use Google or other internet search engines for your main
source.

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Use Academic Search Complete or ProQuest via the WCU Library to
find research from Academic Journals.

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Expand your knowledge and skills of using Academic Research
Databases

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A majority of your research MUST be Academic Research

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Government Websites and web-based sources may be used as
secondary/supporting sources only.

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DO NOT use them as the main sources in your essay.

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NO ABORTION PAPERS! Texas Law, maybe.  Ask me.

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Feel free to use the following basic structure and create one
paragraph on each of the following:

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Intro Paragraph

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One Paragraph summarizing Side A

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One Paragraph summarizing Side B

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One Paragraph on the use of specific Biases (both sides)

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One Paragraph on the use of specific Rhetorical Devices (both
sides)

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One Paragraph on the use of specific Logical Fallacies (both
sides)

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One Paragraph on the use of Inductive OR Deductive Logic (both
sides)

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Include Syllogisms: Major Premise, Minor Premise, and Conclusion

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Include Evaluations of the Syllogisms

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Valid vs. Invalid and Sound vs. Unsound for Deductive Syllogism

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Stronger vs. Weaker for Inductive Syllogisms

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Concluding Paragraph

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Include you opinion of which side best establishes a logical
argument based upon your analysis of the Course Concepts