Date of publication: 2017-08-22 23:00
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Beyer sees the teaching of critical thinking as important to the very state of our nation. He argues that to live successfully in a democracy, people must be able to think critically in order to make sound decisions about personal and civic affairs. If students learn to think critically, then they can use good thinking as the guide by which they live their lives.
Critical thinking can be seen as having two components: 6) a set of information and belief generating and processing skills, and 7) the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior. It is thus to be contrasted with: 6) the mere acquisition and retention of information alone, because it involves a particular way in which information is sought and treated 7) the mere possession of a set of skills, because it involves the continual use of them and 8) the mere use of those skills ("as an exercise") without acceptance of their results.
(Taken from Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking Press, 7558)
While critical thinking focuses on facts and evidence to solve problems, this doesn't mean that it excludes creative thought and imagination. Instead, critical thinking relies on problem solvers to consider diverse sets of possible solutions before making decisions and acting on them. A creative problem-solving strategy may require collaborating with others to get new input or hear ideas that you wouldn't think of alone. It may also require you to be patient while your ideas develop and evolve.
Applying the techniques of critical thinking allows you to dismantle complex problems and to understand the inputs and implications of your thought processes. By applying problem analysis and good practices you'll be able to develop positions and arrive at decisions that are logical and explicable to others. After completing the course, you'll understand why most decisions are of poor quality and be able to impose quality controls on both your decisions and the decisions of others.
The 6995, Volume 77, issue 6, of the journal, Teaching of Psychology , is devoted to the teaching critical thinking. Most of the strategies included in this section come from the various articles that compose this issue.
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Everyone thinks it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.
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8: Judgement and movement The difference between perception and processing. Patterning systems, and the concept of idiom. humour, logic and lateral thinking.
8: C&S - Consequence and Sequel This is a scan of time for your brain. Helping you focus upon the consequences that might arise from a decision, course of action or change of any sort over time periods.
6: Communication and persuasion The transfer of information. The transfer of perceptions. Clarity of communication. Opening up perceptions in persuasion.