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Conceptual reasoning is based upon the kinds of mental representations that support categorization, logical inference, and causal reasoning. It is best suited to building, presenting, and evaluating general, decontextualized models. As such it is closely related to the constructs of classical intelligence theory and covers such key elements of social modeling as purpose, perspective, and affect.

Mastery of conceptual reasoning skills supports interpretion (by enriching people's understanding of text content), expression (by helping people conceptualize what content is to be expressed), and comes into its own in deliberation, where it supports critical inquiry. Becoming skillful at conceptual reasoning entails mastery of a range of conceptual strategies for exploring, elaborating, analysing, synthesizing, and evaluating ideas.

Conceptual Background Knowledge

Literature Note - Conceptual Mode

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