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What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is a way of examining any subject or problem with mindfulness. By reflecting on your thoughts, paying attention to others’ perspectives, gathering evidence to support ideas, and recognizing the shortcomings of your thinking, you can expand your understanding of complex issues. Critical thinking allows you to open your mind in search of answers to the challenges in your academic work and profession as well as your interpersonal life.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities provides a simple definition that outlines the key characteristics of Critical Thinking:
"Critical Thinking is a habit of mind characterized by a thorough exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts and events before forming an opinion or conclusion," (AACU, n.d.).
Critical Thinking Infographic and Guide
The Critical Thinking Guide to Skillful Reasoning and Infographic offer
students an approach for applying critical thinking skills in discussion
boards and assignments. It is also intended as a tool for faculty when
helping students expand their critical thinking skills. The Critical
Thinking Guide can be used sequentially, moving through Steps 1
through 6, or it can be used diagnostically, to increase specific skills
when increasing rigor and critical thinking in the classroom.
About the Materials
The materials found here support both students and faculty apply
Critical Thinking in the classroom. The Critical Thinking Infographic
and Guide are the main components. Additional materials support
critical thinking in all classroom activities in the form of predeveloped
weekly announcements and badges.
All materials are also provided in a downloadable format
Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU). (n.d.). Critical thinking value rubric.,formulating%20an%20opinion%20or%20conclusion.


These steps will help lead you through the critical thinking process:
  1. Describe the Issue
  2. Define Positions
  3. Evaluate Evidence
  4. Compare Positions
  5. Personal Position
  6. Conclusions and Further Questions
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