General Education Critical Thinking Rubric

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					                                                         General Education Critical Thinking Rubric
                                                               Northeastern Illinois University

              Quality   No/Limited Proficiency          Some Proficiency (C)       Proficiency (B)            High Proficiency (A)                     Rating
Macro Criteria          (D&E)                                                                                                                          (a,b,c,d)
1. Identifies &         Fails to identify,              Identifies main issues     Successfully identifies    Clearly identifies and summarizes
Explains Issues         summarize, or explain the       but does not summarize     and summarizes the         main issues and successfully
                        main problem or question.       or explain them clearly    main issues, but does      explains why/how they are problems
                        Represents the issues           or sufficiently            not explain why/how        or questions; and identifies
                        inaccurately or                                            they are problems or       embedded or implicit issues,
                        inappropriately.                                           create questions           addressing their relationships to each
2. Distinguishes        Fails to label correctly any    Successfully identifies    Successfully separates     Clearly and accurately labels not
Types of Claims         of the factual, conceptual      some, but not all of the   and labels all the         only all the factual, conceptual, and
                        and value dimensions of the     factual, conceptual, and   factual, conceptual,       value, but also those implicit in the
                        problems and proposed           value aspects of the       and value claims           assumptions and the implications of
                        solutions.                      questions and answers.                                positions and arguments.
3. Recognizes           Fails accurately to identify    Shows some general         Correctly identifies all   Not only correctly identifies all the
Stakeholders and        and explain any empirical       understanding of the       the empirical and most     empirical and theoretical contexts
Contexts                or theoretical contexts for     influences of empirical    of theoretical contexts    relevant to all the main stakeholders,
                        the issues.                     and theoretical contexts   relevant to all the main   but also finds minor stakeholders
                        Presents problems as            on stakeholders, but       stakeholders in the        and contexts and shows the tension
                        having no connections to        does not identify many     situation.                 or conflicts of interests among them.
                        other conditions or             specific ones relevant
                        contexts.                       to situation at hand.
4. Considers            Fails to explain                Identifies some but not    Successfully explains      In addition to explaining
Methodology             how/why/which specific          all methods required for   how/why/which              how/why/which methods are
                        methods of research are         dealing with the issue;    methods are most           typically used, also describes
                        relevant to the kind of issue   does not explain why       relevant to the            embedded methods and possible
                        at hand.                        they are relevant or       problem.                   alternative methods of working on
                                                        effective.                                            the problem.
5. Frames Personal      Fails to formulate and          Formulates a vague and     Formulates a clear and     Not only formulates a clear and
Responses and           clearly express own point       indecisive point of        precise personal point     precise personal point of view, but
Acknowledges Other      of view, (or) fails to          view, or anticipates       of view concerning the     also acknowledges objections and
Perspectives            anticipate objections to        minor but not major        issue, and seriously       rival positions and provides
                        his/her point of view, (or)     objections to his/her      discusses its              convincing replies to these.
                        fails to consider other         point of view, or          weaknesses as well as
                        perspectives and position.      considers weak but not     its strengths.
                                                        strong alternative
                                                   General Education Critical Thinking Rubric
                                                         Northeastern Illinois University

           Quality   No/Limited Proficiency       Some Proficiency (C)        Proficiency (B)            High Proficiency (A)                Rating
Micro Criteria       (D&E)                                                                                                                   (a,b,c,d)
6. Reconstructs      Fails to identify the        Identifies a few of the     Correctly analyzes the     Not only correctly reconstructs
Arguments            major components of the      premises but confuses the   arguments and theories;    the main argument but does the
                     main arguments at stake      conclusion of the main      restates its component     same for subsidiary arguments
                     and to show their logical    argument in support of      propositions and           and theories, and correctly
                     relations.                   the position under          reconstructs their         identifies the kind or status of
                                                  consideration (his or her   relationships correctly.   each of them.
                                                  own, or that of others)
7. Interprets        Fails to identify and        Clarifies the meaning of    Convincingly explains      Offers fined-grainned and
Content              choose between the           a few but far from all of   the meaning of all the     original interpretations of a
                     possible meanings of the     the key terms and           key terms and main         crucial term or proposition
                     key terms and                propositions involved.      propositions involved      involved in the issue.
                     propositions included in                                 in the arguments and
                     the arguments and                                        theories involved.
                     theories in use.
8. Evaluates         Fails to identify and        Identifies some of the      Identifies and evaluates   Not only identifies and evaluates
Assumptions          evaluate any of the          most important              all the important          all the important assumptions,
                     important assumptions        assumptions, but does not   assumptions, but not       but also some of the more
                     behind the claims and        evaluate them for           the ones deeper in the     hidden, more abstract ones.
                     recommendations made.        plausibility or clarity.    background – the more
                                                                              abstract ones.
9. Evaluates         Fails to identify data and   Successfully identifies     Identified all important  Not only identifies and
Evidence             information that counts      data and information that   evidence and              rigorously evaluates all
                     as evidence for truth-       counts as evidence but      rigorously evaluates it.  important evidence offered, but
                     claims and fails to          fails to thoroughly                                   also provides new data or
                     evaluate its credibility.    evaluate its credibility.                             information for consideration.
10. Evaluates        Fails to identify and        Successfully identifies     Identifies and avoids all Not only identifies and avoids all
Inferences           explain mistakes in the      and avoids some             mistakes of reasoning     mistakes of reasoning but gives
                     reasoning of others and      common mistakes of          and explains some of      clear explanations of why they
                     fails to avoid them in his   reasoning but misses less   them.                     are mistakes.
                     or her own reasoning.        common ones, and does
                                                  not explain why or how
                                                  they are mistakes.

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