Issues Analysis

Summary of concerns, conclusions, main arguments.

Main issue:
Position on the issue:
Reasons for the position
Values associated with reasons
What other positions were considered? What reasons were given for not supporting them? What value is associated with each?

Soundness of the arguments


Strength of evidence

Hidden premises

Inclusive not missing information

Main idea in light of other alternatives

Other ideas -

Other values -

Other assumptions -

Other language -

Origins may suggest other strengths or weaknesses -

What can be inferred from the author -

Summary of the quality of thought

Validity -

Power -

Practical -

Ethical -

Is it acceptable? -

Warrants and necessary changes? -

Final judgement in relation to the main idea -



Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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