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Critical Thinking, useful or useless?

Defining, understanding, and analyising.

Bradley Rolfe

on 18 September 2012

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Transcript of Critical Thinking, useful or useless?

Useful or useless? Critical Thinking It's all about higher order thinking What is Critical Thinking Higher order thinking is described as a level of cognitive or active thought. One of the theorist in this area is Benjamin Bloom. He created Blooms Taxonomy - learning in action Thankfully this has been revised for your viewing pleasure The areas of apply, analyse, evaluate and create are involved with higher order thinking. The remainder are lower order thinking. Using new knowledge. Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalisations

Analysis of elements
Analysis of relationships
Analysis of organisational principles Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria

Judgments in terms of internal evidence
Judgments in terms of external criteria This has been revised for your viewing pleasure Apply, analyse, evaluate and create are the areas involved in higher order thinking How do we think critically? http://azizaizmargari.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/the-critical-thinking-muslim/ Do we just think more? No.
Do we just think about our thinking? That's a start.
It's about using the higher order's of thinking systematically and continuously.
Is it really necessary, why not just go with what is already known, what someone has told you? Why think critically? It is often quicker and easier to go with your intuition or get wrapped up in the emotion of the issue/topic What about that article you read in today's news paper, magazine, web page or other more reliable text. If all of humanity thought in the lower levels of thinking then would we develop any new ideas?

NO Critical thinking is for everyone; it is a way to approach problems and make decisions.

No single definition of critical thinking captures all that it is. If you study and practice critical thinking, your concept of it will continue to develop.

We all do some critical thinking already and we can all improve our critical thinking ability.
http://www.yorku.ca/rkenedy/critical_skills/student/critical_skills_web/why_critical_thinking/main.htm Are we doing it right now? Hopefully. When should we use critical thinking http://www.web123.com.au/blog/pros-cons-of-a-business-blog.aspx If we did more critical thinking we would be inclined to be more honest with ourselves and to admit what we don't know. We would be less afraid to say "I was wrong" and be able to learn from our mistakes. Our beliefs would really be our own, not simply passed on to us by others. We would be less easily manipulated and think more independently.

Critical thinking would help us develop the ability to imaginatively put ourselves in the place of others and understand the viewpoints of others. We would develop the ability to listen with an open mind, even to a conflicting point of view. We would have the patience to think before acting. Our emotions would be less likely to cause us trouble; we would develop ways to sort through our feelings and constructively harness our emotions. We would strive for a better understanding of issues, resisting "quick fix" solutions. We would hold ourselves to high standards of thinking, and we would look for these standards in the thinking of others. We would recognise where we and others fall short of these standards.

http://www.yorku.ca/rkenedy/critical_skills/student/critical_skills_web/why_critical_thinking/main.htm We should be using critical thinking skills ALMOST all the time Only for those menial, mundane, repetitious tasks should we steer clear of critical thinking. It will just waste time.

Having said that, you should always ensure that each new task you do, you initially critically analyse to ensure its appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness. Further resources for critical thinking http://www.criticalthinkeracademy.com/

Various text have concepts for critical thinking and can be found by searching the www and University data bases.

You tube also has a series of useful podcasts like the following.
Caution this video contains some coarse language and adult themes
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