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Unit 1 Individual Assignment - 1 Thinking Critical Thinking...

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1 Thinking Critical Thinking Phil Sumner Management 350 Professor Richards February 15, 2010
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2 Thinking Critical Thinking Critical thinking is an attribute that we hold in our arsenal when faced with an important decision. Critical thinking can be defined as improving the quality of thinking by analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing a subject, content, or problem (Paul & Elder, 2006). Critical thinking plays a part in most of the decisions that we make. By thinking before we decide on something we can take some of the room for error out of the equation. In this paper the writer will define the steps of critical thinking, give an example in where he used critical thinking, and the steps he used in the example to come to his conclusion. A Deeper look into Critical Thinking Thinking is an everyday tactic that we use to make decisions, but when we think about the decision that we are going to make do we actually analyze all out comes of the solution. The answer is no. In most cases we may weigh out the pros and cons and then decide. This is a basic factor of critical thinking, but if we take a deeper look into critical thinking we will see that more goes into it than just weighing out the pros and cons. We must analyze, assess, and reconstruct the problem before coming to an appropriate solution (Paul & Elder, 2006). The First Step The first step of critical thinking is defining the problem presented before us. Not every problem is what it seems. We must analyze what is being asked of us. To do this we must first break down the problem and analyze each part. When breaking down the problem we should be asking ourselves what is the true problem presented before me, what is the best way to prepare for solving this problem, what are the different consequences when solving this problem, and will my solution be opinionated (Paul & Elder, 2006).
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3 Thinking The Second Step The next step is the process of putting the known information to work for you. Now that
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