CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS CRITICAL THINKING EXAMPLES SKILLS People are becoming worried about the dangers of using mobiles too 1. Explain and summarize much; *research recently done in the U.S.A. showed that people who information used mobiles regularly………………………. Further *research showed some car drivers react up to 50% slower than normal when driving and using a Did you explain the mobile phone. information on the website[s] *Give full information: WHERE and WHEN the research was done, by whom clearly? and the website, if given. 2. Identify the problem[s] Some people think mobile phones are dangerous because radio waves Did you say clearly what they give off may cause cancer; another problem is that using mobile the problem[s] is or are? while driving can cause accidents etc……etc…… 3. Analyze the evidence A study done in …… has reported that using hands-free mobiles has lead to a 95% less radiation reaching the user. However, another study by the How strong is the evidence Consumers Association reported that hands-free kits increase the given? radiation reaching the user. 4. Compare and contrast One solution some people think is good is the hands-free set where the different solutions to user wears a headphone connected to the mobile, which is kept away the problem from your head. Another solution is the hollow “Air” Tube earpiece, which How do other people think contains no metal to conduct radiation directly to your head. No long- the problem(s) should be term studies have yet been done of these devices. However, if enough solved? What are possible people buy these devices, mobile phone manufacturers will have to consequences of these modify their headsets, mobile phone designs accordingly. solutions? 5. Describe the reasons The hands-free set was chosen as a solution because exposure to given for solution[s] radiation from a mobile phone even 10 cm from your head is far lower Why did they choose this than if the headset is next to your ear. way of solving the problem? 6. Evaluate this solution Some research shows hands-free mobile phones reduce the amount of radiation that reaches the ear, but other research by the *Consumers Do you think this is a good Association showed that more radiation reaches the ear with the hands- solution? Why? Why not? free mobile phone kit. *Give full information: WHERE and WHEN the research was done, by whom and the website, if given. 7. Suggest a solution to the problem In my opinion, firstly, you should buy a phone with a long talk ‘time’ and What do you think is the secondly, don’t use your phone when the signal is not strong. best way to solve this problem? 8. Support your solutions with reasons and The reason for my first solution is that phones with long ‘talk times’ use less power and give off less radiation and for my second solution is that evidence when the signal is not strong the phone needs more power and gives off Why did you choose this more radiation. solution to the problem? What evidence is there that your solution will work? 9. Describe possible If people follow my advice, fewer mobile phones with short ‘talk times’ consequences of any will be sold and mobile phone batteries will last longer, as people will not solution you propose use them when the signal is weak. What will happen if people follow your solution?
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