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Hogan, MJ,Stein, Z,Contreras, DA
2010
October
Psychology Of Thinking
STRUCTURING THOUGHT: AN EXAMINATION OF FOUR METHODS
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A fundamental thinking skill is the ability to see the structure of thought Awareness of the structure of thought begins with an intuitive description of the elements and relations that constitute a decision-making process and a description of the relationship between the structure and function of thought Regardless of how one judges the quality of everyday decisions m light of the goals being pursued, It is useful, as a first step, to construct a structural map of everyday decision-making processes This allows for objective analysis of everyday decisions and it enhances structural awareness in those who map the thinking process and m those who read the maps The same applies to scientific thinking Scientists advocate a particular position in the academic field and explicit mapping of their arguments enhances structural awareness, critical comparison and evaluation, and communication in the field Overall, the mapping of decision making is a worthwhile goal, a skill that is becoming increasingly prominent and even necessary as part of expert decision making m many fields of applied science This chapter presents a case for the cultivation of graphicacy skills in this context We describe four thought mapping techniques that offer considerable power and potential to elucidate and enhance thinking and decision making abilities We suggest that technological advances may allow us to merge various different though mapping techniques and further enhance an interdependent set of graphicacy skills that may help to support decision making and adaptive action in context
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