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					Critical Thinking




               Worth Weller
A definition…
            • Critical
              thinking is
              about
              discovering
              and applying
              meaning
            • to what you
              see,
            • hear,
            • and read.
How it’s done…
    Critical thinking involves,
      among other things,
     actively looking at an issue,
     examining what you have
      already experienced about
      the issue,
     and comparing and
      contrasting that to what
      other authentic sources
      have researched and said
      about this issue.
     Characteristics of critical
           thinkers…
• Critical
  thinkers
  are flexible
  – they can
  tolerate
  ambiguity
  and
  uncertainty
   Characteristics of critical
         thinkers…
• Critical
  thinkers
  identify
  inherent
  biases and
  assumptions
    Characteristics of critical
          thinkers…
• Critical
  thinkers
  maintain an
  air of
  skepticism
    Characteristics of critical
          thinkers…
• Critical thinkers separate facts from opinions
    Characteristics of critical
          thinkers…
• Critical
  thinkers
  don’t
  oversimplify
    Characteristics of critical
          thinkers…
• Critical
  thinkers
  examine
  available
  evidence
  before
  drawing
  conclusions
    Characteristics of Critical
          Thinkers…
• They accept change
• They remain open to the need
  for adjustment and adaptation
  throughout the inquiry cycle
• They are willing to examine
  even their most deeply held
  values and beliefs, and to
  modify these beliefs when
  evidence and experience
  contradict them.
    Characteristics of Critical
          Thinkers…
• They empathize.
• They appreciate
  and try to
  understand others'
  thoughts, feelings,
  and behaviors.
    Characteristics of Critical
          Thinkers…
• They welcome
  divergent views.
• Critical thinkers value
  examining issues
  from every angle.
• They know that it is
  especially important
  to explore and
  understand positions
  with which they
  disagree.