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Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought

Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought
S-1 Thinking Independently Principle: Critical thinking is independent thinking, thinking for oneself. Many of our beliefs are acquired at an early age, when we have a strong tendency to form beliefs for irrational reasons (because we want to believe, because we are praised or rewarded for believing). Critical thinkers use critical skills and insights to reveal and reject beliefs that are irrational. In forming new beliefs, critical thinkers do not passively accept the beliefs of others; rather, they try to figure things out for themselves, reject unjustified authorities, and recognize the contributions of genuine authorities. They thoughtfully form principles of thought and action; they do not mindlessly accept those presented to them. If they find that a set of categories or distinctions is more appropriate than that used by another, they will use it. Independent thinkers strive to incorporate all known relevant knowledge and insight into their thought and behavior. Go to top

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Reuven Feuerstein Dr. Reuven Feuerstein, a clinical psychologist who studied at the University of Geneva under Jean Piaget, Andre Rey, Barbel Inhelder, and Marguerite Loosli Uster, went on to earn his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the Sorbonne. He is currently the director of the Center for Development of Human Potential in Jerusalem. From 1970 until the present Dr. Twenty Rules of Thumb for Creativity Twenty Rules of Thumb for Creativity 1. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. 2. Becoming a Critic Of Your Thinking Learning the Art of Critical Thinking There is nothing more practical than sound thinking. No matter what your circumstance or goals, no matter where you are, or what problems you face, you are better off if your thinking is skilled. As a manager, leader, employee, citizen, lover, friend, parent — in every realm and situation of your life — good thinking pays off.

The Theory and Practice of Mediated Learning Experience Introduction The Theory and Practice of Mediated Learning Experience Introduction Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) describes a special quality of interaction between a learner and a person, whom we shall call a "mediator". The function of a mediator is different from that of a teacher, as illustrated by the following two diagrams. In this mode the teacher provides a suitable stimulus (homework, test, assignment, etc.) and then observes the response of the learner to the stimulus. Based on the response, the teacher interacts with the learner (praise, criticism, encouragement, grade, new assignment, for example) and the process is continued until either the teacher or the learner is satisfied or time runs out. Teachers develop their own repertoire of methods depending upon the siz e of the class, the apparent ability of the learner(s) and the subject matter.

Creative Gibberish Divergent thinking – more than a mere tool – is a technique very commonly used on creative activities because it allows us to expand our brains a little bit, by looking for new opportunities and ways of getting things done. So, from the problem – or whatever triggers your creativity – to the solution, instead of taking obvious steps and walking on a straight line, you force yourself to see different aspects of the situation, using unusual points of view, no matter how abstract of absurd they seem at the first place. This can be done by allowing everyone to think more freely while working on the task, gathering ideas that have the slightest relation to the problem itself rather than looking straight for a practical solution. Though it might sound like a waste of time, many corporations have found appealing answers to their problems by using such method. Another misconception around the divergent thinking is that the creative process should be all about it.

Glossary of Critical Thinking Terms Glossary: A-B accurate: Free from errors, mistakes, or distortion. Correct connotes little more than absence of error; accurate implies a positive exercise of one to obtain conformity with fact or truth; exact stresses perfect conformity to fact, truth, or some standard; precise suggests minute accuracy of detail. Accuracy is an important goal in critical thinking, though it is almost always a matter of degree.

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Costa and Jackson: Three Gifts to Educators from the Genius of Reuven Feuerstein June 2 2014, Volume 1, Issue 4, No. 17 Art Costa has been writing and consulting about critical thinking for four decades. His writings focus on the theory called "habits of mind." Yvette Jackson is Vice President, National Urban Alliance and a life-long advocate for Feuerstein’s work and the need for children of color and poverty to have equal access to instruction and programs that provide them with critical thinking and problem solving skills.

A Simple Novel Outline - 9 questions for 25 chapters & H.E. Roulo - StumbleUpon Just as every tree is different but still recognizably a tree, every story is different but contains elements that make it a story. By defining those before you begin you clarify the scope of your work, identify your themes, and create the story you meant to write. At Norwescon 2011 I sat in on a session called Outline Your Novel in 90-minutes led by Mark Teppo. I’ll give you the brief, readable, synthesized version.

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