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this conception of critical thinking is
Also, it does not treat critical thought
as persuasion, but critical thought
will, we hope, often be persuasive.
The future of any semblance of a
democratic society depends on
critical The key to powerful thinking is powerful
questioning. When we ask the right questions,
we succeed as a thinker, for questions are the
force that powers our thinking.
Thinking, at any point in time, can go off in
thousands of different directions, some of
which, by the way, are dead-ends.
Questions define the agenda of our thinking.
They determine what information we seek.
They lead us in one direction rather than
another. They are, therefore, a crucial part of
our Critical Reading v. Critical Thinking
Critical reading is a technique for
discovering information and ideas within a
Critical thinking is a technique for
evaluating information and ideas, for deciding
what to accept and believe. Critical reading refers to a careful, active,
reflective, analytic reading. Critical thinking
involves reflecting on the validity of what
you have read in light of our prior
knowledge and understanding of the world. • Critical thinking allows us to monitor our
understanding as we read. If we sense that
assertions are ridiculous or irresponsible (i.e.,
critical thinking) we can then examine the text
more closely to test our understanding (i.e.,
• Conversely, critical thinking depends on
critical reading. You can think critically about
a text (critical thinking), after all, only if you
have understood it (critical reading). We may
choose to accept or reject a presentation, but
we must know why. Reading Critically:
How Well Does the Text Do What It
•We can think of...
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- Spring '08