October 26, 2013
What is critical thinking?
What does critical thinking means to me? It means making a decision that may solve a problem or analyze a situation. In reality, critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is true, partially true, or false. It is also a process that leads to skills that can be learned, mastered, and used (www.wikipedia.org). Critical thinking involves gathering information, recognizing problems, interpreting data, and drawing conclusions. This is very important when we make decisions in our academic, professional, and personal lives. Critical thinking is an important part of life in school and in the workplace. How do we use critical thinking in our everyday lives?
We use our brain for critical thinking. According to a definition analysis by Kompf & Bond (2001), critical thinking involves problem solving, decision making, reasoning, and knowledge. We come across problems in the professional world. When a conflict between employees occurs, the supervisor has to use critical thinking to diffuse the situation. A student may come across a question on an exam that he may not understand. He might use his mind to think about the answer or ask his instructor to explain the question to him. We use critical thinking to make decisions that could affect our personal lives. Whatever if we decide to accept a job offer or a marriage proposal, it is a choice that people have to live with for the rest of their lives.
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