Critical Thinking

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6/9/11 What is Critical Thinking? l Critical thinking is the disciplined process of actively and  skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing,  synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from,  or generated by, observation, experience, reflection,  reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and  action. 22
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6/9/11 What is Critical Thinking? l It is based on intellectual values that transcend subject  matter divisions: i.e., clarity, accuracy, precision,  consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons,  depth, breadth, and fairness. 33
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6/9/11 What is Critical Thinking? l It entails the examination of those structures or elements  of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or  question-at-issue; assumptions; concepts; empirical  grounding; reasoning leading to conclusions; implications  and consequences; objections from alternative viewpoints;  and frame of reference.  44
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6/9/11 What is Critical Thinking? l Critical thinking — in being responsive to variable subject  matter, issues, and purposes — is incorporated in a family  of interwoven modes of thinking such as scientific thinking,  mathematical thinking, historical thinking, anthropological  thinking, economic thinking, moral thinking, and  philosophical thinking. 55
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6/9/11 What is Critical Thinking? l Critical thinking has two components:  1. a set of information and belief generating and processing  skills, and  2. the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those  skills to guide behavior.  66
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What is Critical Thinking? l Critical thinking is not: 1. the acquisition and retention of information alone, because  it involves a particular way in which information is sought  and treated;  2. the possession of a set of skills, because it involves the  continual use of them; or 3. the use of those skills without acceptance of their results. 77
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