Asking the Right Questions-11 Step Analysis Essay

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Introduction
“I know it’s good to be a critical thinker and to be able to ask lots of good questions, but I don’t know what questions to ask or how to ask them.” (Browne & Keeley, 2011) In our text “Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking (10th Ed.) The authors explore the benefits and necessity for critical thinking as it relates to the process of asking the right questions to make an informed decision and conclusion to an argument. The authors Browne and Keeley (2011) give two different approaches that can be taken in order to achieve success in critical thinking; the Interactive approach which involves evaluation of what is being read or heard and the sponge approach which involves little thought because you are simply
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Ford (personal communication, January 30, 2013). So what is the proposed conclusion? In order to identify the conclusion the critical thinker must ask “what is the writer or speaker trying to prove?” or “what is the communicators main point” (Browne & Keeley, 2011). The conclusion given in the memo is that “APEU Local No. 122 should challenge the governors proposed privatization of the DMV information systems management function.
II. What are the Reasons?
Browne and Keeley (2011) define reasons as beliefs, evidence, metaphors, analogies, and other statements offered to support or justify conclusions. From the memo, our reasons for APEU will answer the question of “why” they should challenge the governor’s proposed privatization of the DMV information systems function. The typical structure of a reason is “this because of that” and is often followed by evidence (Browne & Keeley, 2011). Browne and Keeley (2011) describe evidence, as specific information that someone uses to furnish proof for something he or she is trying to claim is true. The first reason I have identified is that by accepting the proposal foreign agents will bid for the privatization contract and accept wages lower than the members receive. The second reason I have identified is that by allowing the proposal to be accepted many of the union employees will either be displaced or forced to learn new jobs or relearn their jobs in a new

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