Critical Thinking               Worth Weller
A definition…            • Critical              thinking is              about              discovering              and ...
How it’s done…    Critical thinking involves,      among other things,     actively looking at an issue,     examining w...
Characteristics of critical           thinkers…• Critical  thinkers  are flexible  – they can  tolerate  ambiguity  and  u...
Characteristics of critical         thinkers…• Critical  thinkers  identify  inherent  biases and  assumptions
Characteristics of critical          thinkers…• Critical  thinkers  maintain an  air of  skepticism
Characteristics of critical          thinkers…• Critical thinkers separate facts from opinions
Characteristics of critical          thinkers…• Critical  thinkers  don’t  oversimplify
Characteristics of critical          thinkers…• Critical  thinkers  examine  available  evidence  before  drawing  conclus...
Characteristics of Critical          Thinkers…• They accept change• They remain open to the need  for adjustment and adapt...
Characteristics of Critical         Thinkers…• They empathize.• They appreciate  and try to  understand others  thoughts, ...
Characteristics of Critical          Thinkers…• They welcome  divergent views.• Critical thinkers value  examining issues ...
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Critical thinking

  1. 1. Critical Thinking Worth Weller
  2. 2. A definition… • Critical thinking is about discovering and applying meaning • to what you see, • hear, • and read.
  3. 3. How it’s done… Critical thinking involves, among other things,  actively looking at an issue,  examining what you have already experienced about the issue,  and comparing and contrasting that to what other authentic sources have researched and said about this issue.
  4. 4. Characteristics of critical thinkers…• Critical thinkers are flexible – they can tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty
  5. 5. Characteristics of critical thinkers…• Critical thinkers identify inherent biases and assumptions
  6. 6. Characteristics of critical thinkers…• Critical thinkers maintain an air of skepticism
  7. 7. Characteristics of critical thinkers…• Critical thinkers separate facts from opinions
  8. 8. Characteristics of critical thinkers…• Critical thinkers don’t oversimplify
  9. 9. Characteristics of critical thinkers…• Critical thinkers examine available evidence before drawing conclusions
  10. 10. Characteristics of Critical Thinkers…• They accept change• They remain open to the need for adjustment and adaptation throughout the inquiry cycle• They are willing to examine even their most deeply held values and beliefs, and to modify these beliefs when evidence and experience contradict them.
  11. 11. Characteristics of Critical Thinkers…• They empathize.• They appreciate and try to understand others thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  12. 12. Characteristics of Critical Thinkers…• They welcome divergent views.• Critical thinkers value examining issues from every angle.• They know that it is especially important to explore and understand positions with which they disagree.

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