Core Concepts and Confusions : A WebRing & External Bibliography with Links

©2006 NewFoundations
edited 4/11/14

Ambiguity and Vagueness
Why do they happen? How are they different?

ambiguity from FOLDOC
Note the difference between ambiguity and vagueness.

Case for Case, The
Demonstration sheet and exercises. Avoiding pseudo-correct English.

Causal Analysis: an exercise
Complexities and background conditions

Causal Loop Diagrams
... how to draw causal loop diagrams that help .. describe the interdependencies between elements that form a system

Cause and Effect Exercises
Combine the pair of sentences below into ONE sentence, ...

Common Errors
in Logic and Rhetoric -- chart

Confirmation Theory:
Radical Empiricist version -- exercises

The Conjunctive Fallacy: a fallacy itself?
-- Is representativeness irrational?

Constructive Criticism.
What is it? -- short essay

Controversy Analysis Worksheet
Analysis protocol

Cooperation and Coercion
What is the difference?


Critique of Arguments
Quick'n'Dirty Syllogistic Method

Description to Definition: a process

Definition, varieties of
Typology and examples, exercise

Delegitimating Interests
confusing fact and valuation

Detecting Fallacies

Diagramming Concepts
Reasoning with Venn diagrams

Evaluating a Rationale for Intervention

Evaluating a Theory: a first approach

Everyday Theories.
Folklore about human behavior -- discussion sheet

Factor Analysis
... main applications of factor analytic technique ...

Fair Share vs. Fair Play
Why is the distinction important?

Generative Schemata: from thought to text -- a PowerPoint presentation

Hurt, Harm & Safety
What is it important not to confuse these terms?

Illogic and Dissimulation in School Reform
The School "Improvement" Flea Market: buyer beware!

Ishikawa, or Fishbone, Cause and Effect. Diagram ...
Kaoru Ishikawa used the Fault Tree, ...

Isomorphisms: parallel structures of thought.
The Skeletons of Metaphor. How can we recognize them?

Justice through Testing
Defining the discrepancy between potential and achievement

Justice vs. Expedience
Case analysis exercises.

Literacy Education -- a catalog of hyperlinks

 Logical Fallacies: The Fallacy Files
Describes and gives examples of logical fallacies ...

Mission: Critical (Vagueness and Ambiguity)
A little test to help distinguish vagueness from ambiguity (from San Jose University's critical thinking pages).

Name-Dropping Is Not Enough: faking it with buzzwords

Making theories testable.

Pain vs. Anguish
Physically and morally they are different.


Partitioning and Measurability
Process of developing a measure.

Policy Types
Analysis diagrams

Production Models of the School
Varying input-output relationships may affect policy.

Punishment vs. Cruelty
Case analysis exercises.

Rationales for Intervention
Discussion and methodology. A theory of warrants.

Reconstructing Assumptions
Changing enthymemes into syllogisms.

Reinforcers and Voluntary Behavior
The probability theory required by reinforcement theory is incompatible with the logic of voluntarism.

Rewards and Reinforcers, More on
... the concepts are randomly associated ...

Task Structure and Ability -- simulation
Modeled on Edward Deming's Red Ball Experiment

SEM FAQ, Ed Rigdon's
This site addresses "Frequently Asked Questions" about structural equation modeling (SEM).

Structural Equation Modeling
... is a very general, very powerful multivariate analysis tool ...

The Surprise Test. A Paradox?
Two possible ways of giving a surprise test. Neither particularly surprising.

The UVic Writer's Guide: Ambiguity
... A portmanteau word is a particular type of ambiguity, in which two words and their ...

Thinking. Do Computers Do It? -- critical essay

Three Interaction Analysis Systems - Charts and observation grid
How might students and teachers behave? 

Types of Heuristics
Gigerenzer's quickies compared to standard procedures

Varieties of Explanation &  Cause -- definitions, activity

Venn Diagram Basic
The Graphic Organizer is the premier web site ...

Venn Diagram Generator
Make a Venn diagram in seconds! ... web_tools/graphic_org/venn_diagrams/

Venn Diagram
Venn Diagrams are useful for examining similarities and ...

Violence vs. Wrongdoing
Case analysis exercises.

Voluntary Behavior
Conditions of identification. A set-theoretic approach.

What is a Problem? analysis activity

What is a Synopsis? instruction sheet

What is a System?
A "top-down" explanation -- chart of explanations and comments.

What is an "At-risk" Student? - essay
What kind of risks should we worry about?

What's the Connection?
State what is unstated in the statements.

Wise or Knowledgeable?
Case analysis class activity