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What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is a way of examining any subject or problem with mindfulness. Critical thinking allows us to open our minds in search of answers to the challenges of our academic work, our careers, and our interpersonal lives. It is a continuous journey toward realizing our own potential as intelligent beings. Critical Thinking: Steps to Sound Reasoning offers step by step guidelines that can be followed when developing critical thinking skills.
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. https://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/critical-thinking#:~:text=Definition,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
Attribution:  Warn, M., Jackson, R., Fassnacht, M. & Fink, S. (2021). Critical Thinking: A Guide to Skillful Reasoning. Retrieved from: http://www.criticalthinkingandreasoning.org/

Contact: steps2criticalthinking@gmail.com

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