In your final project, you have the opportunity to convince an audience or market your critical thinking strategy for your chosen challenge or hardship with a PowerPoint presentation. If it is a very personal issue, think of marketing as persuasion and imagine convincing an audience (a partner, loved one, friend, neighbor, etc.) of your solution, using the most compelling argument or marketing technique. This assignment gives you the opportunity to pull together some of the key elements from parts 1-3 of your ongoing project, but condense these lessons in a concise, compelling, and marketable way, avoiding the common pitfalls of advertising:
For each slide, you will employ influential graphics, as well as utilize persuasive, valid, and strong arguments. Each number represents each of the ten slides you will complete:
Identify the best strategy for tackling your challenge in one simple argument (inductive or deductive).
Identify the reason why this is the best strategy for your given hardship or challenge (compared to other strategies).
Effectively employ statistics to support your argument. (From week 8)
Effectively utilize a poll to support your argument.
Identify at least 3 characteristics of a good critical thinker to help you overcome your hardship.
Identify at least 3 of the more common barriers that most apply to you and how to best overcome them.
Address the role of emotion in your approach to your hardship, identifying both negative and positive emotions and their impact on your strategy.
Address whether faith or spirituality plays any role in your strategy, and how its presence, or lack of it, is key to your success.
Identify two critical-thinking strategies you could use to correct for this cognitive error.
Identify three of the most effective strategies for avoiding these fallacies, and how they will help with your successful implementation of your strategy.
Your final slide should be APA formatted references.
Book used for this course:
Boss, J. A. (2021). THiNK: Critical thinking and logic skills for everyday life (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
You have identified a challenge as caring for an ailing parent who recently moved in with you. You want to provide the most loving and quality care, but you notice that you feel stressed and overwhelmed. You identify that one of the better strategies to employ is present moment awareness, or a mindfulness practice, that will enable you to experience less stress and provide more attentive care to your loved one. So, you identify each of these components in marketing form, avoiding fallacies and common pitfalls, but using persuasive language to compel your audience to adapt a similar strategy if they experience a similar challenge. Remember, this is a running ad for your audience, so keep technical notes at the bottom notes section, and all graphics and catchy phrases, arguments, and research on the main slides. Please note, you are not confined to research or statistics on slides 3 and 4. You will likely continue to employ more throughout if it helps to strengthen your argument.
Slide 1 would identify the argument that mindfulness practice is the most effective strategy for caring for an ailing loved one. Your argument would be polished with an obvious premise and conclusion and presented in either in deductive or inductive form, and properly labelled in the notes section.
Slide 2 would identify something about how research backs this approach more than others, such as therapy or hired help.
Slide 3 would identify research that supports your argument. For example, in your text, it notes: “One of the recent breakthroughs in neuroscience is the discovery that the brains of Buddhist monks who meditate regularly—a practice that involves being mindful, open, and attentive to what is going on in the present moment—are neurally much more active and more resilient in neuroplasticity than are the brains of people who do not meditate. Many large corporations, including some Fortune 500 companies, are encouraging their executives to take meditation breaks on the job, since it has been found to improve their performance.”
Slide 4 would present some scientifically supported poll about how mindfulness is effective or what population successfully uses it, etc.
Slide 5 identifies at least three skilled practices of a critical thinker. For example, you might have chosen: open-minded, attentive, and creative and you will link the practice of mindfulness to these qualities.
Slide 6 might identify the following three barriers to critical thinking: avoidance, anger, and denial, and then identify how mindfulness most effectively combats those behaviors.
Slide 7 might address the role of compassion and empathy, and how mindfulness helps to cultivate that. (Again, one can draw upon scientific research here and the neurological changes in the brain of a regular practitioner of mindfulness).
Slide 8 might discuss how mindfulness is a practice that those with either a faith-based or a secular approach might employ (remember, you are marketing this, so you want to be as persuasive as possible).
Slide 9 could address how mindfulness helps one to avoid the three most common errors, such as memorable-events errors, self-serving biases, and self-fulfilling prophecies.
Slide 10 might employ the strategies such as cultivating good listening skills, being aware of our strengths and weaknesses, and building our self-confidence. Again, as a skilled critical thinker employing effective, though honest, marketing tactics, you will show how mindfulness connects to these three qualities.
Your final slide should be a reference page