Facilitating Self-Education by Questioning Assumptive Reasoning

Robert Farrell

Making assumptions limits the depth of inference chains and reduces the potential for complex interactions, but assumptions that are made implicitly can blind the reasoner to important inferences and interactions. A self-education aid makes students aware of their assumptions by demonstrating how these assumptions might be violated. DECIDER is a self-education aid for history that tracks student assumptions using political models and illustrates possible violations using dramatic stories and video sequences from real historical cases.


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