: Evaluating Arguments

This weeks assignment is on evaluating arguments. I do not understand the assignment, can someone please help me answer the 4 passages?

Homework Help – Week 6 Assignment: Evaluating Arguments

Introduction

The first two steps in evidence-based practice are to identify knowledge gaps and formulate relevant questions. In this writing exercise, you will be doing just that, across three types of inductive reasoning. In addition, you will be applying evaluation techniques to determine how credible, authoritative, and reliable the arguments are.

Scenario

Imagine your boss has asked you to evaluate four ideas that she is thinking of using to implement programs. You must evaluate whether these are good ideas that she can safely and immediately green-light or whether further evidence is needed. She is anxious to move forward, so she will be unhappy if you reject a good idea; however, if you approve a bad idea, she will be equally as unhappy. She has specifically directed you not to do any outside research. You must evaluate the ideas strictly on the brief passages available. She also wants to know what specific kind of reasoning is used in each passage

Instructions

Using everything you have learned from the text, as well as any other information you have gathered from your searches related to this week’s discussion, evaluate the following four arguments:

For each exercise, address the following:

  • Identify the type of inductive argument and nay features of the way the argument is constructed that you find relevant
  • Explain how convincing you think the argument is
  • Does it have sufficient evidence to allow you to suggest that she move forward with the idea or does the argument have knowledge gaps
  • What questions need to be answered to close these gaps?
  • Does the argument contain any information that adds to its authority, credibility, or reliability?

Chapter 8 exercise 8.9

7. Among people who use multiple dietary supplements, fish oil/omega-3 supplements now top multivitamins in popularity. The conclusion is based on 6, 012 responses collected in November from a sampling of subscribers to our free e-newsletter. Fish oil/omega-3 supplements were used by 74% of respondents, followed in popularity by multivitamins, which were used by 72%. -ConsumberLab.com

10. For-profit hospices do not focus on the best interests of their patients. In one study assessing the impact of ownership status on care provided to patients, researchers found that patients receiving care from for-profit hospices received a narrower range of services than patients from non-profit hospices. The narrower range of services meant that patients with for-profit hospices were not receiving as much counseling services, medications, and personal care. -Carlson, Gallo, and Bradley, “Ownership Status and Patterns of Care in Hospice.

Chapter 9 Exercise 9.9 Example 1

  1. The university of Hawaii at Manoa is a lot like the University of Colorado at Denver. They are both public, coeducational universities located in the capital city of their state, and they both have student populations of approximately 20,000 students. Since 64% of the students at the University of Hawaii are of Asian or Pacific Island descent, approximately the same number of students at the University of Colorado at Denver are of Asian or Pacific Island descent

Chapter 10 Exercise 10.9 Example 1

  1. Three members of the gold team have set personal records during the last month. Each of them has been spending extra hours at the putting green this month, so the extra work is likely to be the cause of their improved performances.

You need to show your boss that you know what factors have to be considered in evaluating each type of argument and how well the argument meets the criteria.

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