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Argument Mapping

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Argument Mapping is a visual tool used (line and box diagram) for applying critical thinking. It aids in decision making by clarifying and structuring the premises, their reasons and objections (captured in boxes and connected to the premise by lines).


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Q 353. What is Argument Mapping? How is this tool effective in collaborative decision making?



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Argument Mapping:- Argument map is a flow chart that tracks the outcome of any sensible discussion or arguments on a concept/idea/theory.


For any theory or an idea, there will be different tangents of thinking. These different tangents will arise as arguments for that theory. It is very important to track those arguments which confers and differs the concept for better understanding of the theory.


Arguments will give opportunities to clarify our thoughts and will help to educate people more about the theory or concept. However some time the vice versa also happens that  we can add some valuable input form others that will help for improvements in a theory or concept.


Many theories will reshape and head towards a totally new tangent and will conclude at much better node of results due to arguments.


An Argument mapping will help with the following


1. Argument map is a document, that will help us for future study of a theory.

2. It Plays major role in critical thinking.

3. It clears many misconceptions that was already raised by others and explanations given for those arguments.

4. This is a very useful tool for teaching

5. Argument mapping will ease the understanding of decisions that are complex & skeptical.


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