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  • Analyzing Comparing and contrasting Classification/definition Determining parts-whole relationships Sequencing Finding reasons and conclusions Uncovering assumptions Evaluation Assessing basic information Determining the reliability of sources Determining the accuracy of sources Well-founded inferences The use of evidence Deduction Decision Making What makes a decision necessary? What are my options? What are the likely consequences of each option? How important are the consequences? Which option is best in light of the consequences? Monitor and review your decision and ask, are there any necessary adjustments? Problem Solving What is the Problem? What Are the Alternatives? What Are the Advantages and/or Disadvantages of Each Alternative? What Is the Solution? How Well Is the Solution Working? Reasoning The type of thinking that uses arguments - reasons in support of conclusions to decide, explain, predict, and persuade.
  • Analyzing (Module 1-7) Comparing and contrasting Classification/definition Determining parts-whole relationships Sequencing Finding reasons and conclusions Uncovering assumptions Evaluation (Module 1-7) Assessing basic information Determining the reliability of sources Determining the accuracy of sources Well-founded inferences The use of evidence Deduction Decision Making (Module 2, 6 & 7) What makes a decision necessary? What are my options? What are the likely consequences of each option? How important are the consequences? Which option is best in light of the consequences? Monitor and review your decision and ask, are there any necessary adjustments? Problem Solving (Module 2 & 7) What is the Problem? What Are the Alternatives? What Are the Advantages and/or Disadvantages of Each Alternative? What Is the Solution? How Well Is the Solution Working? Reasoning (Module 1-7) The type of thinking that uses arguments - reasons in support of conclusions to decide, explain, predict, and persuade.
  • Universal intellectual (Critical) standards are standards which must be applied to thinking whenever one is interested in checking the quality of reasoning about a problem, issue, or situation. To help students learn them, teachers should pose questions which probe student thinking, questions which hold students accountable for their thinking, questions which, through consistent use by the teacher in the classroom, become internalized by students as questions they need to ask themselves. The ultimate goal, then, is for these questions to become infused in the thinking of students, forming part of their inner voice, which then guides them to better and better reasoning. While there are a number of universal standards, the following are the most significant: (Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf)
  • Clarity is the gateway standard. If a statement is unclear, we cannot determine whether it is accurate or relevant. In fact, we cannot tell anything about it because we don't yet know what it is saying.
  • A statement can be clear but not accurate, as in “This chicken weighs over 300 pounds."
  • A statement can be both clear and accurate, but not precise, as in “Yao Ming is tall!" (We don't know how Tall Yao Ming is. E.g. Precise = Yao Ming is 2.29 (7-6) meters tall. )
  • A statement can be clear, accurate, and precise, but not relevant to the question at issue. For example, students often think that the amount of effort they put into a course should be used in raising their grade in a course. Often, however, the "effort" does not measure the quality of student learning, and when this is so, effort is irrelevant to their appropriate grade.
  • A statement can be clear, accurate, precise, and relevant, but superficial (that is, lack depth). For example, the statement "Just say No" which is often used to discourage children and teens from using drugs, is clear, accurate, precise, and relevant. Nevertheless, it lacks depth because it treats an extremely complex issue, the pervasive problem of drug use among young people, superficially. It fails to deal with the complexities of the issue.
  • A line of reasoning may be clear accurate, precise, relevant, and deep, but lack breadth (as in an argument from either teacher or student standpoint which gets deeply into an issue, but only recognizes the insights of one side of the question.)
  • When we think, we bring a variety of thoughts together into some order. When the combination of thoughts are mutually supporting and make sense in combination, the thinking is "logical." When the combination is not mutually supporting, is contradictory in some sense, or does not "make sense," the combination is not logical.
  • The reasons are quite complex.
  • The reasons are quite complex.

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  • Zaid Ali Alsagoff zaid.alsagoff@gmail.com Module 1:Module 1: Introduction toIntroduction to Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking
  • Question?Question? Why doWhy do YOUYOU studystudy for a Degree?for a Degree? Why doWhy do YOUYOU studystudy for a Degree?for a Degree?
  • Do You Agree With This Statement?Do You Agree With This Statement? “Some people study all their life and at their death they have learned everything except tolearned everything except to THINKTHINK” – Francois Domergue Why?Why?
  • Do You Agree?Do You Agree? Why is Imagination so Important? I Need input from you!
  • Why does UNITAR have this course?Why does UNITAR have this course? To help you improve your Thinking Skills  HOW TO THINK!HOW TO THINK!
  • Module 1: Introduction to Critical ThinkingModule 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking 1. What is Thinking? 6. Barriers to Critical Thinking 2. Types of Thinking 4. Critical Thinking Standards 5. Benefits of Critical Thinking 7. Characteristics of a Critical Thinker 3. What is Critical Thinking?
  • 1.1 What is Thinking?1.1 What is Thinking? Why doesn’t SHE like me? Why doesn’t HE like me? As you start asking questions and seek answers, you are in fact thinking.As you start asking questions and seek answers, you are in fact thinking.As you start asking questions and seek answers, you are in fact thinking.As you start asking questions and seek answers, you are in fact thinking.
  • 1.1 What is Thinking?1.1 What is Thinking? Thinking is a purposeful, organizedThinking is a purposeful, organized cognitive process that we use tocognitive process that we use to make sense of our world.make sense of our world.
  • 1.2 Types of Thinking1.2 Types of Thinking Problem Solving Decision Making Problem Solving Decision Making CriticalCritical ThinkingThinking • AnalyzingAnalyzing • EvaluatingEvaluating • ReasoningReasoning NewNew IdeasIdeas CreativeCreative ThinkingThinking RightRightLeft
  • 1.3 What is Critical Thinking?1.3 What is Critical Thinking? WARNING: THIS MAN IS NOT THINKING CRITICALLY!! Source: http://profmulder.home.att.net/introwhatis.htm
  • 1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (2)1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (2) “Critical thinking consists of a mental process of analyzing or evaluating information, particularly statements or propositions that people have offered as true. It forms a process of reflecting upon the meaning of statements, examining the offered evidence and reasoning, and forming judgments about the facts.” – Wikipedia “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. “ - Michael Scriven & Richard Paul More Definitions…
  • 1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (3)1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (3) Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking is the general term given to a wide range of cognitive and intellectual skills needed to: Effectively identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments. Discover and overcome personal prejudices and biases. Formulate and present convincing reasons in support of conclusions. Make reasonable, intelligent decisions about what to believe and what to do.
  • 1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (4)1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (4) Problem Solving Decision Making Problem Solving Decision Making CriticalCritical ThinkingThinking • AnalyzingAnalyzing • EvaluatingEvaluating • ReasoningReasoning RightRightLeft Don’t need to memorize definitions! Just understand and practice the corecore critical thinkingcritical thinking skillsskills emphasized in this course.
  • 1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (5)1.3 What is Critical Thinking? (5) CRITICALCRITICAL THINKINGTHINKING SKILLSSKILLS AnalyzingAnalyzing ReasoningReasoning EvaluatingEvaluating Decision MakingDecision Making Problem SolvingProblem Solving
  • 1.4 Critical Thinking Standards (CTS)1.4 Critical Thinking Standards (CTS) The most significant critical (intellectual) thinking standards: Clarity Accuracy Precision Relevance Depth Breadth Logic Fairness
  • 1.4 CTS - Clarity1.4 CTS - Clarity Could you elaborate further on that point? Could you express that point in another way? Could you give me an illustration? Could you give me an example? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf Clarity is the gateway standardClarity is the gateway standardClarity is the gateway standardClarity is the gateway standard Help you I can, yes.
  • 1.4 CTS – Accuracy1.4 CTS – Accuracy Is that really true? How could we check that? How could we find out if that is true? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf This chickenThis chicken weighs overweighs over 300 pounds.300 pounds. A statement can be clear but not accurateA statement can be clear but not accurateA statement can be clear but not accurateA statement can be clear but not accurate Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you.
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – PrecisionPrecision Could you give more details? Could you be more specific? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf A statement can be both clear and accurate,A statement can be both clear and accurate, but not precisebut not precise A statement can be both clear and accurate,A statement can be both clear and accurate, but not precisebut not precise Size matter s not. Yao Ming isYao Ming is TALLTALL!!
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – RelevanceRelevance How is that connected to the question? How does that bear on the issue? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf I studied hard all semester, therefore I should get A+. A statement can be clear, accurate, and precise,A statement can be clear, accurate, and precise, but not relevant to the question at issue.but not relevant to the question at issue. A statement can be clear, accurate, and precise,A statement can be clear, accurate, and precise, but not relevant to the question at issue.but not relevant to the question at issue. You must unlearn what you have learned.
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – DepthDepth How does your answer address the complexities in the question? How are you taking into account the problems in the question? Is that dealing with the most significant factors? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf Grave danger you are in. Impatient you are. A statement can be clear, accurate,A statement can be clear, accurate, precise, and relevant, but superficial.precise, and relevant, but superficial. A statement can be clear, accurate,A statement can be clear, accurate, precise, and relevant, but superficial.precise, and relevant, but superficial.
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – BreadthBreadth Do we need to consider another point of view? Is there another way to look at this question? What would this look like from a conservative standpoint? What would this look like from the point of view of...? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf That is why you fail. A line of reasoning may be clear, accurate,A line of reasoning may be clear, accurate, precise, relevant, and deep, but lack breadth.precise, relevant, and deep, but lack breadth. A line of reasoning may be clear, accurate,A line of reasoning may be clear, accurate, precise, relevant, and deep, but lack breadth.precise, relevant, and deep, but lack breadth. Headache! !! You got 0 marks for “Participation”, because you didn’t participate in the class discussion at all.
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – LogicLogic Does this really make sense? Does that follow from what you said? How does that follow? But before you implied this and now you are saying that; how can both be true? Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf Superman sees through anything. Superman sees through walls. Superman sees through You. Superman sees through anything. Superman sees through walls. Superman sees through You. When the combination of thoughts areWhen the combination of thoughts are mutually supporting and make sense in combination,mutually supporting and make sense in combination, the thinking is "logical.“the thinking is "logical.“ When the combination of thoughts areWhen the combination of thoughts are mutually supporting and make sense in combination,mutually supporting and make sense in combination, the thinking is "logical.“the thinking is "logical.“ May the force be with you.
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – FairnessFairness Critical thinking demands that our thinking be fair. Open-minded Impartial Free of distorting biases and preconceptions Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf Difficult to achieve, but you must try! Fair-mindedness is an essentialFair-mindedness is an essential attribute of a Critical Thinker.attribute of a Critical Thinker. Fair-mindedness is an essentialFair-mindedness is an essential attribute of a Critical Thinker.attribute of a Critical Thinker.
  • 1.4 CTS –1.4 CTS – Good Thinking is…Good Thinking is… CLEARCLEAR……….....rather than........UNCLEAR ACCURATEACCURATE…....rather than…….INACCURATE PRECISEPRECISE……....rather than…….VAGUE RELEVANTRELEVANT…….rather than…….IRELEVANT CONSISTENTCONSISTENT….rather than……INCONSISTENT LOGICALLOGICAL……….rather than……ILLOGICAL COMPLETECOMPLETE……rather than……INCOMPLETE FAIRFAIR…………….rather than…....BIASED Source: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland-CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf
  • 1.5 Benefits of Critical Thinking1.5 Benefits of Critical Thinking Examples: Academic Performance  understand the arguments and beliefs of others  Critically evaluating those arguments and beliefs  Develop and defend one's own well-supported arguments and beliefs. Workplace  Helps us to reflect and get a deeper understanding of our own and others’ decisions  Encourage open-mindedness to change  Aid us in being more analytical in solving problems Daily life  Helps us to avoid making foolish personal decisions.  Promotes an informed and concerned citizenry capable of making good decisions on important social, political and economic issues.  Aids in the development of autonomous thinkers capable of examining their assumptions, dogmas, and prejudices.
  • 1.6 Barriers to Critical Thinking1.6 Barriers to Critical Thinking If Critical Thinking is so important, why is it that uncritical thinking is so common? Why is that so many people including many highly educated and intelligent people find critical thinking so difficult?
  • 1.6 Barriers to Critical Thinking1.6 Barriers to Critical Thinking Lack of relevant background information Poor reading skills Poor listening skills Bias Prejudice Superstition Egocentrism Socio-centrism Peer pressure Mindless Conformism Mindless non-conformism Provincialism Narrow-mindedness Closed-mindedness Distrust of reason Stereotyping Unwarranted assumptions and stereotypes Relativistic thinking Scapegoating Rationalization Wishful thinking Short-term thinking Selective perception / attention Selective memory Overpowering emotions Self-deception Face-saving Fear of change Common BarriersCommon Barriers
  • 1.6 Barriers to Critical Thinking1.6 Barriers to Critical Thinking Five Powerful Barriers to Critical Thinking: Self-centered thinking self-interested thinking self-serving bias Group-centered thinking Group bias Conformism Beliefs that are presumed to be true without adequate evidence or justification Assumption Stereotyping Believing that something is true because one wishes it were true. The truth is “just a matter of opinion” Relativism  Subjectivism  Cultural relativism EgocentrismEgocentrism UnwarrantedUnwarranted AssumptionsAssumptions SociocentrismSociocentrism RelativisticRelativistic ThinkingThinking WishfulWishful ThinkingThinking I am probably the greatest thinker since Socrates!
  • In a 1989 international study of 13-year-olds, Koreans finished first in mathematics and Americans finished last. Yet when asked whether they thought they were "good at mathematics," only 23 percent of Koreans said "yes," compared to 68 percent of Americans. Which critical thinking barrier do the American studentsWhich critical thinking barrier do the American students exhibit:exhibit: A)A) Self-interested thinkingSelf-interested thinking B)B) Group biasGroup bias C)C) Self-serving biasSelf-serving bias D)D) ConformismConformism 1.6 Mini Quiz – Question 11.6 Mini Quiz – Question 1
  • 1.6 Mini Quiz – Question 21.6 Mini Quiz – Question 2 Which critical thinking barrierWhich critical thinking barrier does Ali display in thisdoes Ali display in this passage?passage? A) Self-interested thinkingA) Self-interested thinking B) Group biasB) Group bias C) Self-serving biasC) Self-serving bias D) ConformismD) Conformism Muhammad Ali [speaking in Zaire, Africa]: "There's no country as great as the smallest city in America. I mean [here in Zaire] you can't watch television. The water won't even run right. The toilets won't flush. The roads, the cars- there's nothing as great as America."
  • 1.6 Mini Quiz – Question 31.6 Mini Quiz – Question 3 Which critical thinking barrierWhich critical thinking barrier does Lee exhibit?does Lee exhibit? A) Self-interested thinkingA) Self-interested thinking B) StereotypingB) Stereotyping C) Group biasC) Group bias D) ConformismD) Conformism Adam:Adam: My friend Andy is a 1My friend Andy is a 1stst year student at UNITAR. He isyear student at UNITAR. He is cool, loves hanging out, and has a very laid-backcool, loves hanging out, and has a very laid-back personality.personality. Lee:Lee: I bet he’s from KL.I bet he’s from KL.
  • 1.6 Mini Quiz – Question 41.6 Mini Quiz – Question 4 Which critical thinking barrierWhich critical thinking barrier does Suzie exhibit?does Suzie exhibit? A) StereotypingA) Stereotyping B) Self-interested thinkingB) Self-interested thinking C) Wishful thinkingC) Wishful thinking D) Relativistic thinkingD) Relativistic thinking SuzieSuzie:: I can't believe I got a B- on this marketing paper. My friendI can't believe I got a B- on this marketing paper. My friend SarahSarah turned in this same paper in a different marketing class last semester,turned in this same paper in a different marketing class last semester, and she got an A.and she got an A. AliAli :: Don't you realize it's wrong to plagiarize someone else's work?Don't you realize it's wrong to plagiarize someone else's work? SuzieSuzie:: That's your opinion. What's wrong for one person isn't necessarilyThat's your opinion. What's wrong for one person isn't necessarily wrong for another, andwrong for another, and II say there's nothing wrong with plagiarism-say there's nothing wrong with plagiarism- as long as you don't get caught.as long as you don't get caught.
  • 1.7 Characteristics of a Critical Thinker1.7 Characteristics of a Critical Thinker Are you OPEN MINDED about other people’s view? Are you HONEST to yourself (or others) when you are wrong? Do you have the COURAGE and PASSION to take initiative and confront problems and meet challenges? Are you AWARE of your own biases and preconceptions? Do you WELCOME CRITICISM from other people? Do you have INDEPENDENT opinions and are not afraid to disagree? The Force, I sense is with you.
  • 1.7 Characteristics of a Critical Thinker1.7 Characteristics of a Critical Thinker Critical Thinkers Uncritical Thinkers Have a passionate drive for clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, consistency, logicalness, completeness, and fairness. Often think in ways that are unclear, imprecise, inaccurate, etc. Are sensitive to ways in which critical thinking can be skewed by egocentrism, sociocentrism, wishful thinking, etc. Often fall prey to egocentrism, sociocentrism, wishful thinking, etc. Are intellectually honest with themselves, acknowledging what they don’t know and recognizing their limitations. Pretend they know more than they do and ignore their limitations. Listen open-mindedly to opposing points of view and welcome criticisms of beliefs and assumptions. Are close-minded and resist criticisms of beliefs and assumptions. Base their beliefs on facts and evidence rather than on personal preference or self-interest. Often base their beliefs on mere personal preference or self interest. Are aware of the biases and preconceptions that shape the way they perceive the world. Lack awareness of their own biases and preconceptions. Think independently and are not afraid to disagree with group opinion. Tend to engage in ‘group think’, uncritically following the beliefs and values of the crowd. Are able to get to the heart of an issue or problem, without being distracted by details. Are easily distracted and lack the ability to zero in on the essence of a problem or issue. Have the intellectual courage to face and assess fairly ideas that challenge even their most basic beliefs. Fear and resist ideas that challenge their basic beliefs. Love truth and curious about a wide range of issues. Are often relatively indifferent to truth and lack of curiosity. Have the intellectual perseverance to pursue insights or truths, despite obstacles or difficulties. Tend to preserve when they encounter intellectual obstacles or difficulties.
  • Group ActivityGroup Activity Break into groups of 4-5, and then discuss, identify and rank the Top 10 characteristics/traits/behaviours of an EXCELLENTEXCELLENT:: 1.1. LECTURERLECTURER 2.2. STUDENTSTUDENT Choose one member of your group to take notes and be the group reporter. 10 min Brainstorm together and identify 10 characteristics for each item above. (e.g. try to remember the best lecturer(s) you have ever had and then identify their characteristics…). . 5 min Prioritize and rank the chosen characteristics of each item above according to importance (e.g. Top 10). 15 min Group presentation & discussion - The Group reporter must submit their findings in hard copy format after the class (use template) or soft-copy format to the lecturer before next class. Dr. Yoda was an excellent teacher, because he engaged our mind, had activities, etc.
  • SummarySummary 1. What is Thinking? Thinking is a purposeful, organized cognitive process that we use to make sense of our world. 2. Types of Thinking Creative & Critical Thinking 3. What is Critical Thinking? Critical Thinking is the general term given to a wide range of cognitive and intellectual skills needed to: Effectively identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments; Discover and overcome personal prejudices and biases; Formulate and present convincing reasons in support of conclusions; and Make reasonable, intelligent decisions about what to believe and what to do. Critical thinking skills emphasized in this course, include: Reasoning, Analyzing, Evaluating, Decision Making and Problem solving. 4. Critical Thinking Standards Clarity, Accuracy, Precision, Relevance, Depth, Breadth, Logic and Fairness 5. Benefits of Critical Thinking Academic performance, workplace and daily life. 6. Barriers to Critical Thinking Examples include Egocentrism, Sociocentrism, Unwarranted Assumptions, Wishful Thinking, and Relativistic Thinking 7. Characteristics of a Critical Thinker Open-mindedness, independent thinking, self-aware, passionate, insightful, honest and intellectual humility, intellectual courage, and welcome criticism, etc.
  • Any Questions?Any Questions?
  • The EndThe End
  • Contact DetailsContact Details Zaid Ali AlsagoffZaid Ali Alsagoff UNIVERSITI TUN ABDUL RAZAK 16-5, Jalan SS 6/12 47301 Kelana Jaya Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia E-mail: zaid.alsagoff@gmail.com Tel: 603-7627 7238 Fax: 603-7627 7246
  • ReferencesReferences OOnnlliinnee RReessoouurrcceess Critical Thinking Standards (Judith P. Ruland PhD). URL: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/tresources/content/Ruland- CriticalThinkingStandards.pdf BooksBooks Chapter 1 & 2: G Bassham, W Irwin, H Nardone, J M Wallace, Critical Thinking: A Student's Introduction, McGraw-Hill International Edition, 2007 John Chaffee, Thinking Critically, 6th Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2000