Critical thinking

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General Studies critical thinking exercise developed last year.

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Critical thinking

  1. 1. How many uses can youthink of for a paper clip?
  2. 2. Learning Objectives:By the end of this lesson you:• Should be able to describe what critical thinking is.• Have reflected on your critical thinking skills.• Should be able to describe what goes into atoaster.• Have evaluated a solution to an everyday problem.
  3. 3. Knowing a great deal is not thesame as being smart;intelligence is not informationalone but also judgment, themanner in which information iscollected and used.Carl SaganWhat do you know about ‘critical thinking?’– what is it? – how can it be used?
  4. 4. What is critical thinking?Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly andrationally. It includes the ability to engage in reflectiveand independent thinking. Someone with critical thinkingskills is able to do the following :– understand the logical connections between ideas– identify, construct and evaluate arguments– detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning– solve problems systematically– identify the relevance and importance of ideas– reflect on the justification of ones own beliefs and values
  5. 5. How to make a piece of toast?In small groups you have 2 minutes towrite a set of instructions as to how tomake the perfect piece of toast.Now, imagine you don’t have a toaster… what would you do?How could you make thetoast?
  6. 6. Left to his own devices hecouldn’t build a toaster. Hecould just about make asandwich and that was it.Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless, 1992It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster
  7. 7. now we need some solutions
  8. 8. In your lessons

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