The Hunt Lab offers a one-day workshop covering the fundamentals of argument structure to enable more clear and compelling presentation of reasoning in documents like intelligence reports using the CASE mapping method.
CASE mapping helps people better understanding the structure of arguments, allowing them to reason and communicate more clearly. Reports written in the CASE structure are clear and comprehensive, reducing the burden on the reader while allowing them to comprehend the issues before them more accurately and thoroughly.
CASE mapping was developed at the University of Melbourne by Dr Tim van Gelder and is a particularly effective way to improve critical thinking skills. Studies on university students and intelligence analysts have shown that participants improve their critical thinking skills, as measured by standard critical thinking tests, by two to three times more than students who take a semester-long critical thinking course.
A CASE map is a diagram that shows how the evidence and reasons for and against a contention fit together. By seeing the argument’s structure clearly laid out before us, we can more systematically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and more efficiently structure a well-written report. With practice, an author will not need to construct a physical diagram to write a report that follows the CASE structure.
- Identifying the components of arguments
- Abstraction and the optimal sequence of information
- Identifying unstated bridging assumptions
- Constructing logical inferences
- Building a clear, compelling, and well-structured case
- Better and clearer reasoning
- Improved structure to reports and written arguments
- More insightful deliberation and discussions.