|Accurately identifies and interprets evidence.
|Dr. Hansen presents evidence in class from both the fossil record and the modern era and directs the inquiry into an initial interpretation.
|Considers major alternative points of view.
|Students are encouraged to present alternative interpretations and to elaborate on the initial interpretations of the evidence.
|Draws warranted, judicious, non-fallacious conclusions.
|During the course of the class discussion of the evidence, Dr. Hansen guides the discussion to a more reasoned, inclusive hypothesis.
|Justifies key results and procedures, and explains assumptions and reasons.
|Dr. Hansen elaborates on the difference between evidence and making assumptions based on evidence. He also encourages students not to make assumptions that go beyond the available evidence.
Source: Adapted from the California Academic Press's Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric (HCTSR).
Source: Adapted from Western Washington University's Learning Outcomes for Writing II.