According to What Is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning (2003-2015), " Critical thinking means making reasoned judgments that are logical and well thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don't simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to but rather have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions. It requires wanting to see what evidence is involved to support a particular argument or conclusion” (para. 2).
There are six steps to critical thinking these steps include: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. Find ways to remember the information you just read, seen or heard. Make notes, highlight the main points, make a list, and define any unknown words. Then make sure you can understand the information by having this information in words you can comprehend. Are you able to use the information to relate to a moment in time or situation in your life? Being able to relate can help you have a clearer understanding of the information. Analyze, examine the information a little closer. Read between the lines and break it down. Dig a little deeper by doing more research. Now you need to evaluate. This can mean “to assess the credibility of statements or other representations which are accounts or descriptions of a person’s perception, experience, situation, judgment, belief, or opinion; and to access the logical strength of the actual or intended inferential relationships among statements, descriptions, questions or other forms of representation” (Facione, 2011, p. 6). Let’s be creative. What new creations can evolve from the information you’ve learned? Once you remember, understand, apply, analyze and evaluate your mind will probably be flowing in a million different directions. Take those ideas and create something new and exciting.
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