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  • LANE-462-FA-HA- Term 2- 2011 Critical Thinking By: http://SBANJAR.kau.edu.sa/Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar http://wwwdrshadiabanjar.blogspot.com 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 1
  • Everyone thinks …..Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. Butmuch of our thinking, left to itself, is biased,unclear, partial, uninformed or down-rightprejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and thatof what we produce, make, or build dependsprecisely on the quality of our thought. Poorthinking is costly, both in money and inquality of life. Excellence in thought,however, must be systematically cultivated. - Richard Paul7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 2
  • Critical Thinking History •Socrates – 400 BC 2,500 years ago Socrates established the importance of asking deep questions, seeking evidence, analyzing basic concepts before we accept ideas as worthy of beliefs .7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 3
  • Socrates • Questioning • Inquiring • Search for meaning • Search for truth7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 4
  • •Plato, Aristotle, Greek skeptics Plato, Aristotle, and Greek skeptics emphasized that things are often very different from what they appear to be and that only the trained mind is prepared to see though the way thing look to us on the surface.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 5
  • In the middle ages •Thomas Aquinas (Sumna Theologica)Thomas Aquinas (Sumna Theologica)ensures that his thinking met the tests ofcritical thinkers by answering criticisms of hisideas.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 6
  • 15th & 16th C. (Renaissance) •European scholars (Colet, Erasmus, More in England) started thinking critically about religion, art, society, human, law, and freedom.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 7
  • Francis Bacon in England • wrote The Advancement of Learning, the 1st book in critical thinking. •argued for the importance of studying the world empirically. •laid the foundation for modern science with his emphasis on the information- gathered process.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 8
  • Francis Bacon• Father of the Scientific Method• “We must become as little children in order to enter the kingdom of science”7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 9
  • •Descartes in France 50 years later •Sir Thomas More in EnglandDescartes in France• wrote the 2nd book Rules for the Direction of the Mind - developed a method of critical thought based on theprinciple of systematic doubt.•In the same period, Sir Thomas More: - developed a model for a new social order Utopia inwhich every domain the present world was subject tocritique. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 10
  • 16th &17th C. Hobbes & Locke- not to accept the traditional cultural beliefsdominant in the thinking of their day as beingrational and normal.- everything in the world should be explainedby evidence and reasoning.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 11
  • 17th & 18th C. • Robert Boyle & Isaac Newton in Chemistry & nature • other French thinkers in sociology & politics Adam Smith produces Wealth of Nations in economics7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 12
  • 19th C. • Darwins Descent of Man in the biological domain focused on the history of human culture and the basis of biological life • Sigmund Freud study in the unconscious domain. •Plus other studies in the Anthropological & Linguistics domains.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 13
  • 20th C.•Number of thinkers have increased in everydomain of human thought and within whichreasoning takes place.•Dewey – 1930’s•Ennis – 1980’s7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 14
  • Dewey Reflective Thinking• Dispositions of thinking • Native Resources – Open mindedness – Curiosity – Whole heartedness – Suggestion – Intellectual Responsibility – Orderliness 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 15
  • Ennis• Critical thinking is “reasonable, reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do.”7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 16
  • Ennis - Actions a learner usually must take in order to think critically• Judge the credibility of sources• Identify conclusions, reasons and assumptions• Judge the quality of an argument including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence• Develop and defend a position on an issue 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 17
  • Ennis - Actions a learner usually must take in order to think critically• Ask appropriate clarifying questions• Plan experiments and judge experimental designs• Define terms in a way appropriate for the context• Be open-minded• Try to be well-informed• Draw conclusions when warranted, but with caution7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 18
  • Thus… Students in school should be taught how to think critically. Classes should be designed based on reasoning and rational grounds and not as series of facts.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 19
  • What Is Critical Thinking?“Critical thinking is the ability to apply reasoning andlogic to unfamiliar ideas, opinions, and situations.Thinking critically involves seeing things in an open-minded way. This important skill allows people to lookpast their own views of the world and to adopt a moreaware way of viewing the world.” What is Critical Thinking? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-critical-thinking.htm 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 20
  • HOW DO YOU DEFINE CRITICAL THINKING?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 21
  • Definition of Critical Thinking•Critical thinking means correct thinking in thepursuit of relevant and reliable knowledgeabout the world.•Another way to describe it is reasonable,reflective, responsible, and skillful thinkingthat is focused on deciding what to believe ordo. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 22
  • •Critical thinking is to know to stop for red lights orinformation well enough not being able to processwhether you received the correct change at thesupermarket.• Such low-order thinking, critical and useful though itmay be, is sufficient only for personal survival; mostindividuals master this.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 23
  • •True critical thinking for higher-order thinking, enabling a person to, is example, responsibly judge between political candidates, serve on a murder trial jury, evaluate societys need for nuclear power plants, and assess the consequences of global warming. • Critical thinking enables an individual to be a responsible citizen who contributes to society, and not be merely a consumer of societys distractions.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 24
  • •questions, who thinks critically can ask appropriate A person gather relevant information, efficiently and creatively sort through this information, reason logically from this information, and come to reliable and trustworthy conclusions about the world that enable one to live and act successfully in it. • Children are not born with the power to think critically, nor do they develop this ability naturally beyond survival-level thinking. Critical thinking is a learned ability that must be taught. Most individuals never learn it.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 25
  • •students by peers or by most parents. reliably to Critical thinking cannot be taught •necessary andimpart the proper information and Trained to knowledgeable instructors are skills. •scientificthinking canapplied by ordinary Critical method be described as the people to the ordinary world.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 26
  • • This is true because critical thinking mimics the well-known method of scientific investigation: a question is identified, an hypothesis formulated, relevant data sought and gathered, the hypothesis is logically tested and evaluated, and reliable conclusions are drawn from the result.• All of the skills of scientific investigation are matched by critical thinking, which is therefore nothing more than scientific method used in everyday life rather than in specifically scientific disciplines or endeavors.•• Critical thinking is scientific thinking. A scientifically-literate person, such as a math or science instructor, has learned to think critically to achieve that level of scientific awareness. But any individual with an advanced degree in any university discipline has almost certainly learned the techniques of critical thinking.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 27
  • • Critical thinking is the ability to think for ones self and reliably and responsibly make those decisions that affect ones life.• Critical thinking is also critical inquiry, so such critical thinkers investigate problems, ask questions, pose new answers that challenge the status quo, discover new information that can be used for good or ill, question authorities and traditional beliefs, challenge received dogmas and doctrines, and often end up possessing power in society greater than their numbers.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 28
  • • It may be that a workable society or culture can tolerate only a small number of critical thinkers, that learning, internalizing, and practicing scientific and critical thinking is discouraged. Most people are followers of authority: most do not question, are not curious, and do not challenge authority figures who claim special knowledge or insight. Most people, therefore, do not think for themselves, but rely on others to think for them. Most people indulge in wishful, hopeful, and emotional thinking, believing that what they believe is true because they wish it, hope it, or feel it to be true. Most people, therefore, do not think critically.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 29
  • • Critical thinking has many components. Life can be described as a sequence of problems that each individual must solve for ones self. Critical thinking skills are nothing more than problem solving skills that result in reliable knowledge. Humans constantly process information. Critical thinking is the practice of processing this information in the most skillful, accurate, and rigorous manner possible, in such a way that it leads to the most reliable, logical, and trustworthy conclusions, upon which one can make responsible decisions about ones life, behavior, and actions with full knowledge of assumptions and consequences of those decisions.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 30
  • A GOOD CRITICAL THINKERRaymond S. Nickerson (1987) characterizes a good critical thinker in terms of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and habitual ways of behaving.Here are some of the CHARACTERISTICS of such a thinker: uses evidence skillfully and impartially organizes thoughts and articulates them concisely and coherently distinguishers between logically valid and invalid inferences suspends judgment in the absence of sufficient evidence to support a decision understands the difference between reasoning and rationalizing attempts to anticipate the probable consequences of alternative actions7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 31
  • understands the idea of degrees of beliefsees similarities and analogies that are not superficially apparentcan learn independently and has a long-lasting interest in doingsoapplies problem-solving techniques in domains other than thosein which learnedcan structure informally represented problems in such a way thatformal techniques, such as mathematics, can be used to solvethemcan strip a verbal argument of irrelevancies and phrase it in itsessential terms7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 32
  • habitually questions ones own views and attempts tounderstand both the assumptions that are critical to those viewsand the implications of the views is sensitive to the difference between the validity of a beliefand the intensity with which it is held is aware of the fact that ones understanding is always limited,often much more so than would be apparent to one with anoninquiring attitude recognizes the fallibility of ones own opinions, the probabilityof bias in those opinions, and the danger of weighting evidenceaccording to personal preferencesThis list serves to indicate the type of thinking and approach tolife that critical thinking is supposed to be 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 33
  • A Definition:Critical thinking is the art of analyzing andevaluating thinking with a view to improving it.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 34
  • • Critical thinking –A set of conceptual tools used to make decisions • Intellectual skills and strategies • Reasonable process –A mental ability • Disciplined intelligence • Problem solving7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 35
  • Why Critical Thinking? “It is human irrationality, not a lack of knowledge that threatens human potential” (Nickerson cited in Kurfiss, 1986). It . . .• underlies listening and speaking, reading and writing, the basic language skills.• plays an important part in social change. All institutions in any society: courts, governments, schools, businesses, are the products of critical thinking.• plays a key role in technological advances.• frees the human mind from false beliefs and deceptions. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 36
  • Who Uses Critical Thinking?• STUDENTS !!!• Parents• Nurses• Doctors• Athletic coaches• Teachers/Professors• Air Traffic Controllers• Military Commanders• Lawyers, Judges• Supervisors• Day Care Workers 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 37
  • W ho SH O U LD think critically?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 38
  • Types of thinkers Novice thinkers Expert thinkers7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 39
  • Novice Versus Expert Thinker• Expert thinkers – Quickly identify relevant information. – Can formulate a solution with “sketchy” information .• Novice thinkers – Consider all information equally important. – Develop hypothesis, test hypothesis. – Cannot focus on central issues. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 40
  • Cultivated Critical ThinkersWell cultivated critical thinkers:• are able to raise vital questions and problems, as well as formulate and present them clearly.• can gather and assess information and interpret it effectively.• can reach well-reasoned conclusions and solutions to problems while testing them against relevant criteria and standards.• can be open-minded.• can communicate effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 41
  • Benefits of critical thinking Critical thinking empowers and improves chances of success • in a career • as a consumer • in social roles in our community – personally, essential to personal autonomy – socially, essential to democratic system7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 42
  • Pitfalls……• Teaching for critical thinking takes more time to prepare.• Teaching for critical thinking will reduce the amount of “material” covered.• Teaching for critical thinking is not popular with students in the beginning.• BUT… 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 43
  • How Can One Become a Critical Thinker?• By asking pertinent questions (of self as well as others); • By listening carefully towhat others, thinking about they say, and giving feedback;• By assessing statements and arguments; • By observing with an open mind;• By developing a sense of observation and curiosity; • on makinglogic and solid By assertions based sound• By becomingsolutions; in finding new interested evidence; • By sharing ideas with others;• By examining and opinions assumptions, beliefs, • By becomingreader; an open-minded and weighing them against listener and truth.• By developing a “thinker’s • By engaging in active reading vocabulary”. and active listening! 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 44
  • Critical thinking begins when youquestion beyond what is given. You want to know more: • how something happens, • why it happens, and further • what will happen if something changes. Critical thinking therefore requires a conscious level of processing, analysis, creation and evaluation of possible outcomes, and reflection. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 45
  • If you’re a critical thinker,you think. ….No surprise…. •You are willing to examine your beliefs, assumptions, and opinions and weigh them against facts. • You are willing to evaluate the generalizations and stereotypes you have created and are open to change, if necessary. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 46
  • Critical thinkers listen carefully. •If you’re a critical thinker, you listen carefully to what others are saying and are able to give feedback. •You are able to suspend judgment until all the facts have been gathered and considered. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 47
  • Critical thinkers look forevidence…. •If you’re a critical thinker, you look for evidence to support your assumptions and beliefs. • You examine problems closely and are able to reject information that is incorrect or irrelevant. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 48
  • Critical thinkers are curious. They are interested in knowing all there is about a topic. They look for new and better ways to do everything. They are not the person who will settle for “…because that is the way we have always done it.”7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 49
  • Therefore…through experience, as a criticalthinker, you will:• identify information that is being put forth as anargument and break it down to its basic components forevaluation.• construct alternative interpretations• be willing to explore diverse perspectives• be willing to change personal assumptions whenpresented with valid information• be willing to ask difficult questions and the ability toreceptive to opposing viewpoints. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 50
  • • Critical thinking is, in short, self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking.• It requires accurate standards of excellence andmindful command of their use.• It entails effective communication and problem solvingabilities and a commitment to overcome our nativeegocentrism and sociocentrism.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 51
  • A CRITICAL THINKER CONSIDERS THE ELEMENTS OFREASONING:1. Purpose, Goal, Objective, or End in View2. Question at Issue (or Problem to Be Solved)3. Point of View, Frame of Reference, Perspective, Orientation4. Assumptions (presuppositions, what is taken for granted)5. Information (data, facts, observations, experiences)6. Concepts (theories, definitions, axioms, laws, principles, models)7. Interpretation & Inferences (conclusions, solutions)8. Implications & Consequences (Where does this thinking lead? What will result if this thinking is turned into action?) 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 52
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  • UNIVERSAL STRUCTURES OF THOUGHTWhenever we think, we think for a purpose, within a point of view, based on assumptions, leading to implications and consequences.We use data, facts, and experiences, to make inferences and judgments, based on concepts and theories, in attempting to answer a question or solve a problem.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 54
  • QUESTIONS IMPLIED BY THE UNIVERSALSTRUCTURES OF THOUGHT: [Use these questionswhen beginning work]•What is my fundamental purpose?•What is the key question I am trying to answer?•What information do I need in order to answer myquestion?•What is the most basic concept in the question?•What assumptions am I using in my reasoning?•What is my point of view with respect to the issue?•What are my most fundamental inferences orconclusions?•What are the implications and possible consequencesof my reasoning (if my reasoning is valid? 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 55
  • Universal Intellectual Standards• Clarity : If a statement is unclear we cannot evaluate its fit with the other standards.• Accuracy : Accuracy = TRUTH. Is it true?• Precision : Is there enough detail to completely understand the statement.• Relevance : Is the information connected to the question at hand? 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 56
  • • Depth: Does the statement, fact, etc. address the complexity of the issue?• Breadth: Are there other points of view or other ways to consider this question? Are you considering the key factors?• Logic: Does it make sense? Can you make that conclusion based on the information and evidence?• Significance: Is this the most important problem to consider? Is this the central idea to focus on? Which of these facts are most important?• Fairness: Do I have any vested interest in this issue? Am I sympathetically representing the viewpoints of others? 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 57
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  • Robert Platt Crawford 1931 provides a list that canserve as a bridge to creative thinking1. The intent of Crawford’s Attribute Listing was to enable students to operate at the creativity or synthesis level of Bloom’s Cognitive Taxonomy. Additional cognitive operations, however, are needed to implement the four-step process. The steps are:2. Select a problem, product, or system (problem designation)3. Break it into key attributes or stages or parts (analysis/synthesis/creative thinking)4. Identify various ways to achieve each attribute or part (brainstorming or any idea-generating technique)5. Design or create a solution by manipulating and recombining the variables (structured synthesis) 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 60
  • Application Evaluation Decision Making Comprehension Synthesis Problem Solving Knowledge Analysis Concept attainment7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 61
  • Critical Thinking Dispositions • Engagement – Looking for opportunities to use reasoning – expecting situations that require reasoning – Confident in reasoning ability • Innovativeness – Intellectually curious – Wants to know the truth • Cognitive maturity – Aware that real problems are complex – Open to other points of view – Aware of biases and predispositions7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 62
  • To understand reasoning properly, however, we need tounderstand how it differs from mere thinking.•When we are merely thinking our thoughts simply come to us,one after another: when we reason we actively link thoughtstogether in such a way that we believe one thought providessupport for another thought.•This active process of reasoning is termed inference.• Inference involves a special relationship between differentthoughts: when we infer B from A, we move from A to B becausewe believe that A supports or justifies or makes it reasonable tobelieve in the truth of B. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 63
  • The difference between mere thinking and reasoning or inference is easy tounderstand through examples. Consider the following pairs of sentences:1. Alan is broke, and he is unhappy. Alan is broke, therefore he is unhappy.2. Anne was in a car accident last week, and she deserves an extension on her essay. Anne was in a car accident last week, so she deserves an extension on her essay.3. This triangle has equal sides and equal angles. This triangle has equal sides; hence it has equal angles.Notice that the first sentence in each pair simply asserts two thoughts butsays nothing about any relationship between them, while the secondsentence asserts a relationship between two thoughts. This relationship issignaled by the words therefore, so, and hence. These are called inferenceindicators: words that indicate that one thought is intended to support (i.e., tojustify, provide a reason for, provide evidence for, or entail) another thought. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 64
  • Critical Thinking skills and sub-skills• Interpretation – categorization, decoding, clarifying meaning – Notes, matrices, charts, patient history• Analysis – examining ideas, identifying arguments, analyzing arguments – Elements of reasoning, listening, data• Evaluation – assessing claims, assessing arguments – Questioning, credibility, reasonableness, trust. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 65
  • • Inference –Querying claims, conjecturing alternatives, drawing conclusions – Problem solving, decision making, differential, diagnosis• Explanation – Stating results, justifying procedures, presenting arguments – Elements of reasoning, stating the case, clarity• Self-regulation – Self examination, self correction – Self critique, questioning, changing, recognizing personal errors in thinking 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 66
  • Aspects of critical thinking • Issues – factual – interpretive – evaluative – mere verbal dispute • Claims – truth-statement with adequate support – assumption: claim without support • hidden assumptions undermine reliability of reasoning7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 67
  • Resolving Obstacles To Critical Thinking Obstacle—relativism or subjectivism • Remedy—patience and tenacity in pursuit of the truth Obstacle—egocentrism and ethnocentricity • Remedy— intellectual humility Obstacle—intimidation by authority • Remedy—intellectual independence Obstacle—conformism • Remedy—intellectual courage Obstacle—unexamined and inferential assumptions, and presuppositions • Remedy—examination of assumptions7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 68
  • Characteristics of Critical Thinkers:• Strive for understanding• Are honest with themselves• Base judgment on evidence• Are interested in other people’s ideas• Control their feelings/emotions• Recognize that extreme views are seldom correct.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 69
  • • Keep an open mind• They are very observant• Identify key issues and raise questions• Obtain relevant facts• Evaluate the findings and form judgments7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 70
  • What does the absence of critical thinking look like?• We blindly accept at face value all justifications given by organizations and political leaders.• We blindly believe TV commercials.• We blindly continue to hold on to old beliefs.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 71
  • Young girl? Or old women?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 72
  • Man playing horn? Or a woman’s silhouette?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 73
  • A face of a native American? Or an Eskimo’s back?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 74
  • Thinking Barriers– Emotions • Anger • Passion • Depression– Stress– Bias (values and beliefs)7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 75
  • Personal Barriers to thinking (Ego Defenses)• Denial – Refuse to accept reality.• Projection – We see in others what is really happening to us.• Rationalization – Lying to ourselves about the real reasons for our behaviors and feelings. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 76
  • Thinking Errors• Personalization – Thinking in which the world revolves around an individual• Polarized Thinking – There is only black or white – no gray• Catastrophizing – Always consider the worst possible outcome (all the time) 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 77
  • • Selective abstraction – Focusing on one detail of a situation and ignoring the larger picture• Overgeneralization – Drawing broad conclusions on the basis of a single incident. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 78
  • Five Phases of Critical Thinking• Phase 1: Trigger Event – Usually an unexpected event that causes some kind of inner discomfort or confusion.• Phase 2: Appraisal – A period of reflection and the need to find another approach to deal with the issue.• Phase 3: Exploration – People start asking questions and gathering more information. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 79
  • • Phase 4: Finding Alternatives –Also called the transition stage when old ideas are either left behind and a new way of thinking begins. • Phase 5: Integration –Involves fitting new ideas and information into everyday usage.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 80
  • Key Questions to Critical Thinking• What are the issues and the expected conclusions?• What are the reasons?• What words or phrases are ambiguous?• What are the value conflicts and assumptions?• What are the assumptions?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 81
  • • Are there any fallacies in the reasoning? • How good is the evidence? • Are there rival causes? • Are the statistics deceptive? • What significant information is omitted? • What reasonable conclusions are possible?7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 82
  • Critical thinking involves evaluating information or arguments in terms of their accuracy and worth• Verbal Reasoning – Understanding and evaluating the persuasive techniques found in oral and written language• Argument Analysis – Discriminating between reasons that do and do not support a particular conclusion 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 83
  • Critical thinking involves evaluating information or arguments in terms of their accuracy and worth• Decision Making – identifying and judging several alternatives and selecting the best alternative• Critical Analysis of Prior Research – evaluating the value of data and research results in terms of the methods used to obtain them and their potential relevance to particular conclusions. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 84
  • Problem Solving Procedure• Define the problem (not the symptom)• Remove thinking barriers (bias and logical)• Gather all relevant facts• Generate solutions (brainstorming, creative thinking)• Select a solution and have a back up plan• Implement and evaluate 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 85
  • Characteristics of Critical Thinking & Decision Making• University of Phoenix Model – Framing the question – Making the decision – Evaluating the decision 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 86
  • University of Phoenix Model7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 87
  • How to Apply Bloom’s Six Levels• Knowledge• Comprehension• Application• Analysis• Synthesis• Evaluation7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 88
  • Level 1 – Recall Remembering previously learned material, recalling facts, terms, basic concepts from stated text• Name Relate• List Tell• Recognize Recall• Choose Match• Label Define7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 89
  • Level 2 – UnderstandDemonstrating understanding of the stated meaning offacts and ideas• Compare Explain• Describe Rephrase• Outline Show• Organize Relate• Classify Identify7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 90
  • Level 2 1/2 – Infer Demonstrating understanding of the unstated meaning of facts and ideas • Speculate • Interpret • Infer • Generalize • Conclude7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 91
  • Level 3 – Put to UseSolving problems by applying acquired knowledge,facts, and techniques in a different situation• Apply Dramatize• Construct Restructure• Model Simulate• Use Translate• Practice Experiment 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 92
  • Level 4 – Break downExamining and breaking down information into parts• Analyze Simplify• Diagram Summarize• Classify Relate to• Contrast Categorize• Sequence Differentiate 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 93
  • Level 5 – Put togetherCompiling information in a different way by combining elementsin a new pattern• Compose Elaborate• Design Formulate• Develop Originate• Propose Solve• Adapt Invent 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 94
  • Level 6 – JudgePresenting and defending opinions by making judgmentsabout information based on criteria• Judge Defend• Rank Justify• Rate Prioritize• Evaluate Support• Recommend Prove7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 95
  • Active learningActive learning ….• Appeal to a variety of learning styles• Emphasis on development of skills over transmission of information• Emphasis on ‘higher order’ thinking skills• Learning experiences are ‘active’ (reading, discussing, writing)• Explore students’ attitudes, values 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 96
  • Active learning• Participants like it• More fun and interesting for the instructor• Research literature supports it• Provides time to process information• Effective transfers to long-term memory• Greater retention of skills & information• Leads to higher cognitive learning• Leads to affective learning• Very effective for adult learning 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 97
  • Active learning• Match important objectives to active learning exercises• If using groups, provide clear instructions on: – forming groups – objectives – time limits – reporting back 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 98
  • Active learning• Be prepared—everything will take longer than expected• Hand out exercises as students enter• Limit number of choices• Plan efficient strategies for forming groups• Circulate among groups during group work (to keep on task, assist)7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 99
  • Active learning You need to ….. • Ask groups to take discussion notes • Provide time for reporting back • Ensure all can hear (repeat remarks if necessary) • Summarize after group reports7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 100
  • Working Assumptions • Active learning is necessary for the teaching of critical thinking. • Critical thinking should be integrated into every aspect of the educational process. • Students should be made aware of the thinking process. • Critical thinking must be taught explicitly. • Process is as important as content.7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 101
  • Working Definitions• Active Learning - “students involved in doing things & thinking about the things they are doing”• Critical Thinking - “reasonable reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to do and what to believe” OR “interpreting, analyzing or evaluating information, arguments or experiences with a set of reflective attitudes, skills, and abilities to guide our thoughts, beliefs and actions” OR “examining the thinking of others to improve our own” 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 102
  • Thinking Tools• A Thinking Tool is an instrument that can help us in using our minds systematically and effectively.• With the use of thinking tools, the intended ideas will be arranged more systematically, clearly, and easy to be understood.There are 4 types of THINKING TOOLS:• Questioning• Concepts• Mindmaps• Cognitive Research Trust 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 103
  • 1 QuestioningQuestioning is one approach to motivate others to:• Get information• Test understanding• Develop interest• Evaluate the ability of individuals towards understanding certain things. “A person who asks questions is a person who thinks.”’ - William Wilen 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 104
  • Questioning - Bloom’s Taxonomy Evaluation Synthesis Higher-Level Thinking Analysis Application Interpretation Lower-level Thinking Knowledge7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 105
  • 2 Concepts Concepts are general ideas that we use to identify and organize our experience. Words are the vocabulary of language; Concepts are the vocabulary of thought.Structure of Concepts: PROPERTIES• Sign - word/symbol that names the concept• Referents - examples of the CONCEPT concept SIGN REFERENTS• Properties - qualities that all examples of the concept share in common. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 106
  • 3 MindmapsA mindmap can be defined as a visual presentation of the waysin which concepts can be related to one another. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 107
  • 4 Cognitive Research Trust Thinking Method• The essence of the (Cognitive Research Trust) Thinking Method is to focus attention directly on different aspects of thinking and to crystallize these aspects into definite concepts and tools that can be used deliberately.• It is designed to encourage students to broaden their thinking. 7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 108
  • Final Words CRITICAL THINKING is the active and systematic process of • Communication • Problem-solving • Evaluation • Analysis • Synthesis • Reflection both individually and in community to • develop understanding • Support positive decision-making and • Guide action7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 109
  • References•Crawford, R. P. (1964). The techniques of creative thinking: How to useyour ideas to achieve success. Burlington, VT: Fraser Publishing Co.•Dewey, J. (1933). How we think. New York: D. C. Heath.•Ennis, R. (1993). Critical thinking assessment. Theory Into Practice, 32(3).Retrieved October 25, 2006, from Academic Search Premier database.•Johnson, S. (1998). Skills, Socrates, and the Sophists: Learning fromhistory. British Journal of Educational Studies 46(2). Retrieved March 23,2009, from JSTOR database.•Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2006b). The miniature guide to critical thinkingconcepts and tools (4th ed.). Dillon Beach, CA: Foundation for CriticalThinking.•Pedersen, O. (1997). The first universities: Stadium Generale and theorigins of university education in Europe. New York: Cambridge UniversityPress.•Foundation for Critical Thinking. Critical Thinking: Basic Theory andInstructional Structures. Sonoma, California: 1998.)7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 110
  • Internet Resources: www.kcmetro.cc.mo.us/longview/ctac/definitions.htm www.criticalthinking.org www.chiron.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/cogsys/critthnk.html www.calpress.com/critical.html www.coping.org/write/percept/intro.htm www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/handouts/1414.html www.coun.uvic.ca/learn/crit.html7/25/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 111
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