Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What is critical thinking?

Critical thinking is a vital skill for college students, employees, citizens and everyone!  College life helps us to develop strong critical thinking skills; we consider many theories and ideas as we study, and thinking about those theories and ideas critically allows us to decide which ones we agree with and the degree to which we accept them.  This helps us to become independent thinkers!

Having strong critical thinking skills help us:
  • to find links between different pieces of information so we can better understand topics
  • to find faults or inconsistencies in the information we read
  • to create arguments of our own that we can back up with evidence
  • to approach problem-solving systematically and effectively
  • to identify the most important and relevant ideas when reading a piece of text

Have a look at this tutorial to learn how to go about thinking about a topic critically:

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