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Day 1: Get Thinking with Rationale

To book or enquire send an email to training@austhink.com

General Description

This one day workshop provides the participants with a general understanding and application of argument mapping in the classroom.


Participants will become acquainted with the key principles and features of the software, including evaluation, be able to produce argument maps and be able to incorporate mapping into their classroom.

Where, When, Who?

The workshop is held at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, with lunch, morning and afternoon teas provided. This workshop is limited to 15 participants and is expected to be offered in November and December 2006.


Cost per attendee $495 (+ GST 10%)


Session 1:

Considers the nature of critical thinking and argument mapping and introduces participants to grouping and reasoning maps in Rationale. Participants will:
(1) understand the concept of argument mapping and its relation to critical thinking;
(2) understand grouping principles;
(3) be able to produce a well-structured Grouping map;
(4) understand basic Reasoning principles, structures and mapping conventions;
(5) be able to produce a basic argument map.

Session 2:

Goes deeper into the structure of arguments and how to evaluate their quality. Participants will:
(1) understand mapping in the Analysis mode;
(2) become familiar with identifying and representing hidden assumptions;
(3) understand how to represent evaluation of claims;
(4) become acquainted with processes for making good judgments.

Session 3:

Explores key features of Rationale and provides practical tips and tools. Participants will:
(1) become competent in using key functions such as viewing and copying options, printing and exporting;
(2) understand and practise key Rationale features such as Essay Planning, the Browser, Scratchpad and Templates;
(3) become aware of Help and additional resources available in Rationale and on Austhink's website.

Session 4:

Focuses on integrating Rationale into specific classroom environments and guides teachers in creating subject-specific resources. Participants will:
(1) become familiar with a range of classroom mapping activities;
(2) know where to find examples, templates and assessment rubrics;
(3) design a unit plan for integrating argument mapping activities into their specific classes;
(4) create maps relevant to their subject area.