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3-D Manipulative for Logical Argumentation

This is an exciting development, drawing on Piagetian logic. French developmental psychologist Jean Piaget demonstrated how logical thinking develops through concrete and sensory levels "up" to abstract, operational levels. A few for me key notions from Piaget

  • As children we learn by physical interaction, as we grow older we can learn by mental interaction.
  • Mental categories are like physical areas.
  • For exploring complexity, three variables are better than two.

Maria Montessori spear-headed the use of developmentally appropriate physical objects for children to handle as their "work." She developed objects such as gradually-size concentric rings, that embody the concepts of gradual size, and concentric rings. The simplicity of these objects is where the magic is..

The physical manipulative I am developing embodies the deductive argument, including valid and invalid premises.


This ties in with the later ARGUMENT SCAFFOLD for developing arguments, e.g. for STEM.


Already Developed Material

  • Analysis of Health Science Journal Articles in Terms of the T-C-I Model Shows how our model can be applied to writing for STEM (science, tech, engineering and math), 5 pages
  • T-C-I Template Example, “Cover Letter for Barista Job Application” Gives an idea of the simple and practical nature of the model
  • T-C-I Model and Principles of Teaching Thinking Skills Shows how the model is aligns with published educational research


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Summer 2019 - Logical Thinking Workshops