Sonoma State University

Philosophy 101: Critical Thinking


Group Presentations Spring 2010

The last three meetings of the class are devoted to Group Presentations. In these presentations your group, together with the competing group that has been working on the same problem, will present the decision problem and the solution your group is proposing. The presentation is worth 5 % of the course grade. Members of the group will be graded individually. Grades depend both on your contribution to the preparation of the presentation and on how well you engaged yourself in the group presentation.

Your group has be assigned a date on which you are presenting their material to the class. See the class schedule.

Please return this work report, with your answers and comments, right after your presentation. Each student needs to write her/his own report.

Since attendance of these presentations by all students is important for their success (non-)attendance each session in these last three classes will count double.

To start off, the first group presents the problem without telling the class what solution it is proposing. State your goals and values clearly. Then the second group responds with a critique of the first group's presentation: are the facts right? Do they agree with the analysis? Do the goals and values convince? The first group may rebut. Then the second group presents the problem how they see it, followed by a critique by the first group and a possible rebuttal.

In the second step each of the students presents one of the ideas from the Ideas Galore section, carefully explaining how the idea emerge from applying one of the idea generating tools from Ch. 6 of CPS.

Only after that the two groups may present their solution.

The class then discusses which of these two solutions, if any, is the better one, and whether it can come up with an even better solution.

For the group presentation you should use the material of paper #2 and any extra research you may have done. To judge whether you have put together an excellent presentation, use the following checklist of questions.



• Did you use a creative format to present your material?

• Did you show interesting visuals (video, overheads, PowerPoint presentation (but see below), graphs, lists, pictures) in your presentation, did you read some poems, played some music, or had other attractive features that made you presentation memorable?

Note : If you want to use a video or dvd monitor, or a dataprojector, please email the instructor with a request at least two days in advance. If you use the data projector for a ppt presentation, in sections 1 and 5 you need to bring your own laptop; in sections 2, 3, and 4 you need to bring a flash drive. If you use an Apple computer let the instructor know so he can bring the right kind of cable extension. Film clips should be brief and relevant to the arguments.



• Did you show your knowledge of the ideas and material of Harris's Creative Problem Solving (CPS).

• Did you define key terms related to your problem and its solution?

• Did all stakeholders in your group present their individual perspective on the problem?

• Did you discuss the research you collected to ground the key supports made by you?

• Did you willingly admit your areas of confusion and ignorance?

• Did you show awareness of your emotions, and of the emotions other stakeholders may have, in the descriptions of the problem and proposal of solutions?


You should be able to answer "YES" to all of the questions above!!

Last Updated 05/09/10 ZGS