Date of publication: 2017-08-26 15:21
Critical thinking can be seen as having two components: 6) a set of information and belief generating and processing skills, and 7) the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior. It is thus to be contrasted with: 6) the mere acquisition and retention of information alone, because it involves a particular way in which information is sought and treated 7) the mere possession of a set of skills, because it involves the continual use of them and 8) the mere use of those skills ("as an exercise") without acceptance of their results.
Book 6 Units:
&bull Observing Activities 6&ndash 8
&bull Water Activities 9&ndash 69
&bull Buoyancy and Surface Tension Activities 65&ndash 68
&bull Air Activities 69&ndash 79
&bull Moving Air, Air Pressure Activities 75&ndash 79
&bull Force Activities 85&ndash 85
&bull Space, Light, and Shadows Activities 86&ndash 96
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(Taken from Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking Press, 7558)
Critical thinking is that mode of thinking - about any subject, content, or problem - in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and
imposing intellectual standards upon them.
At a deeper level, there is another stage of critical thinking which relates to how students process the information they have unpacked. If students are looking at a text about global warming, they may have discussed it and agreed there is a need for action in the interests of protecting future generations. The lesson might end at that point…
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It entails the examination of those structures or elements of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or question-at-issue assumptions concepts empirical grounding reasoning leading to conclusions implications and consequences objections from alternative viewpoints and frame of reference. Critical thinking — in being responsive to variable subject matter, issues, and purposes — is incorporated in a family of interwoven modes of thinking, among them: scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, historical thinking, anthropological thinking, economic thinking, moral thinking, and philosophical thinking.