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Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking

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Charmia Graham

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking

Critical, Creative, and Practical Thinking
Why is it important to ask and answer questions?

Questions define tasks, express problems and depict issues
When you answer a question you turn the info into material that you can use to achieve goals
How can you improve your analytical thinking skills?
Gather Information
What is information?
Breaking Down Information
What is an argument?
What is supporting evidence?
Do examples support ideas?
Is the information factual/accurate or is it opinion ?
Do cause and effects link logically?
Is the evidence biased?
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Keys to asking a good question
Know what to question
Want to question
Question in different ways
the process of gathering information, breaking it into parts, examining and evaluating those parts, and making connections for the purpose of gaining understanding, solving a problem, or making decisions
Steps to analytical thinking
Step 1 Gather Information
Step 2 Break information down
Step 3 Examine, analyze, and evaluate those parts
Make connection between those parts
What is analytical thinking?

raw material
Argument - the viewpoint or main idea
Supporting evidence - reason or supporting details
Make Connections
Compare and contrast
Look for themes, patterns and categories
How can you improve your creative thinking skills?
What is creativity?
Combining existing elements in an innovative way
The ability to generate new ideas from looking at how things are related
The ability to make unusual connections
Becoming a Creative Thinker
1. Brainstorming
2. Take a new and different look
3. Set the stage for creativity
4. Take risks
Letting your mind wander to come up with different ideas or answers
Challenging assumptions or to shift your perspective
Be curious.
Allow yourself to
sit with a question.
Go against established ideas.
Let mistakes be okay.
How can you improve your practical thinking skills?
What is practical thinking?
Common Sense
or Street Smarts
How can you solve problems and make decisions effectively?
a problem
Define the problem
Analyze carefully
Generate possible solutions
Consider how solutions affect you and others
Evaluate your solution
Make a Decision
Look at given options
Think about how your decision affects others
Gather perspectives
Look at long-term effects
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