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Critical Thinking: Where to Begin

Critical Thinking: Where to Begin
Our Conception of Critical Thinking... There are many ways to articulate the concept of critical thinking, yet every substantive conception must contain certain core elements. Consider these brief conceptualizations of critical thinking... "Critical thinking is the intellectually 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. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness..." "Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fairminded way. ~ Linda Elder, September, 2007 Why Critical Thinking? The Problem: A Brief Definition: The Result:

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Critical Thinking Model 1 To Analyze Thinking We Must Identify and Question its Elemental Structures Standard: Clarityunderstandable, the meaning can be grasped Could you elaborate further? Could you give me an example? Argument Mapping Argument mapping is producing "boxes and arrows" diagrams of reasoning, especially complex arguments and debates. Argument mapping improves our ability to articulate, comprehend and communicate reasoning, thereby promoting critical thinking. Argument Mapping Tutorials from AusthinkArgument mapping is using graphical methods to display the structure of reasoning and argumentation. The technique is essential for advanced critical thinking.

lateral thinking and creative thinking training techniques (To use this page you first need to learn how creative thinking techniques work, so click here if you do not already.) The green Advanced Brainstorming tour will move steadily through the training material for the following creative techniques. You can press the button with the green door at the bottom of this screen to start the training material on the Random Word technique and work through to the end. If you do not read anything else, the most comprehensive training material is used on the Random Word technique. If you do not want to read the material on all of the techniques just yet then pick them out individually, return to this page and then click here to move past the technique training section and on to learn how to use these techniques within your brainstorming sessions.

Thinking about Thinking: The Power of Noticing According to Einstein, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” I completely agree that learning to think should be one of the essential goals of education, but as I wrote in an earlier post, many of the tasks we set for kids and the scaffolds we teach them to use don’t really seem aimed at fostering thinking as much as completing those tasks. In that post, I offered an example of what a lesson focused on actual thinking might look like. And here, I’d like to take a deeper look at what we really mean by thinking and how we actually do it.

To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated In a world where accusations of "fake news" are thrown around essentially at random, critical thinking would seem to be a must. But this is also a world where the Moon landings are viewed as a conspiracy and people voice serious doubts about the Earth's roundness. Critical thinking appears to be in short supply at a time we desperately need it.

Edward de Bono - Inventor of Lateral Thinking and Strategic Brain Training Edward de Bono is one of the pioneers of Brain Training. In 1967 he invented the world famous Lateral Thinking technique. He is a proponent of the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. Critical thinking On The Web Top Ten Argument Mapping Tutorials. Six online tutorials in argument mapping, a core requirement for advanced critical thinking.The Skeptic's Dictionary - over 400 definitions and essays. The Fallacy Files by Gary Curtis. Best website on fallacies. How to improve your Critical Thinking skills: Interview with Dr. Gerald Nosich – Life Lessons In this article I interview an expert on Critical Thinking, Dr. Gerald Nosich from the Foundation for Critical Thinking, who has been teaching Critical Thinking since 1977 to find out how we can improve our Critical Thinking skills. In this article you will learn: Let’s start at the beginning… Michael: What is Critical thinking?

What is Critical Thinking? - Lucid Philosophy Video: What is Critical Thinking? I. Before watching, consider the following 10 definitions of critical thinking: 1) Use of cognitive skills to reach a desirable outcome (Diane Halpern). 2) Judicious reasoning about what to believe and, therefore, what to do (Peg Tittle). 3) The process by which we test claims and arguments and determine which have merit and which do not. St. Petersburg College Critical Thinking Gateway Three settings are conducive for critical thinking games: classroom, online, and outdoors (e.g., leadership development activities): Simulations provide realistic or semi-realistic opportunities for students to practice skills and solve problems in safe environments. They differ from structured experiential activities by their multi-part and branching nature.

The Information Literacy User’s Guide: An Open, Online Textbook Introduction In 2010, a textbook being used in fourth grade classrooms in Virginia became big news for all the wrong reasons. The book, Our Virginia by Joy Masoff, had caught the attention of a parent who was helping her child do her homework, according to an article in The Washington Post. Carol Sheriff was a historian for the College of William and Mary and as she worked with her daughter, she began to notice some glaring historical errors, not the least of which was a passage which described how thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War. Further investigation into the book revealed that, although the author had written textbooks on a variety of subjects, she was not a trained historian. How did a book with errors like these come to be used as part of the curriculum and who was at fault?