On the AILACT list, Michael Scriven wrote:
Mark got in a dig about ‘speed reasoning’ my most popular course; perhaps I should mention that the first thing I say in the first session is, there’s no royal road to speed reasoning, you just have to become good at plain old slow reasoning first, and then do it a thousand more times, and you’ve mastered speed reasoning. BUT WE CAN HELP with the first part, by giving you a nice bunch of tools, beginning with argt structuring, plus a number of templates for patterns to spot as problematic, plus some neat ways to counter those, and now let’s see how that works in ten subject matter fields, and then we’ll test you on five other ones to see if you’ve ‘got the point’ See… it’s easy to improve!
As it happens, that’s a pretty good description of the pedagogical approach in our “Critical Thinking: The Art of Reasoning” subject at the University of Melbourne. Though I’d emphasize that we don’t just begin with argument structuring, we use argument structuring in diagrammatic form (i.e., argument mapping) throughout the subject.