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Becoming a skilled critical thinker takes practice. To improve the level of your critical thinking, it is important to know where you are now. The questions below will guide you through understanding your current level of critical thinking.
1. Do you agree or disagree with the textbook definition of critical thinking? Why or why not? (50 to 100 words)
I agree with the textbook’s definition of critical thinking to be “ the art of thinking about thinking while thinking to make thinking better” (Paul & Elder, 2012). Infact, the definition got me to really think deep into my thoughts. Anything that is critical or vital needs extra attention and focus to deal with it. Focusing on the issue means you are solely thinking about it. According to Paul and Elder (2012) “you must be willing to examine your thinking and put it to some stern test.” When thinking you should be able to reason and judge thoughts.
2. Select your stage of critical thinking in your personal, student, and professional life from the drop-down menu provided. (See pp. 28-37 in Ch. 2, Critical Thinking, Paul & Elder, 2012). Explain why you selected that stage for each area.
|Area||“Critical Thinking Stage” Menu
(select from stages 1-4)
|Why did you place yourself in this stage?
(write 50 to 75 words for each area)
|Personal Life||“Critical Thinking Stages” Drop-Down||Stage 2- challenged thinker
At this stage we usually become aware of problem in our thinking. And through this makes us not to make concrete conclusion. The decision which we make end up having bias and premature that is why many times we end up regretting the step we make in our life. Challenged thinker always have a lot of things to keep in mind in order to make wise answer but this seems not to be a factor any more at this stage.
|Student Life||“Critical Thinking Stages” Drop-Down||Stage 3- The Beginning Thinker
At this stage we try to improve but without regular practice. Student usually tries to figure out if the steps takes are worth it. O agree with Paul and Elder in the since that at this stage yes thinking is considered among individuals. The main hinderance is lack of frequent thinking. And this is evident when compared to stage five of advanced thinker whereby there is advance in accordance with how we practice our stuff and believe. The main factor in this case therefore is practice.
|Professional Life||“Critical Thinking Stages” Drop-Down||Stage 4- The thinking practice
In my professional life, I am a practicing thinker. I understand that may be engaged in a process of trial and error and prepare myself for temporary failure. I understand “success to be willingness to work through a variety of relative failures. I work hard daily to succeed at what I do best. I always rethink on strategies for improvement. At this stage I probably don’t know for sure what will work for me. I have to field-test my ideas. I understand success as the willingness to work through a variety of relative failures. Every day, rethinking my strategies for improvement” (Paul & Elder, 2012,)
3. What ideas do you have about how you can move to the next stage of critical thinking in your personal, student, and professional life? (50 to 100 words)
According to Paul and Elder (2012) the main difference in which one can work out to move from one stage to another is practice. And in this case the following are major contributor when comes to practice; use of wasted time, internalize intellectual standards, keeping an intellectual journal, reshaping our characters, deal with ego, redefine the way we see things, get in touch with our emotion and finally analyze group influence on our life. When above factors are precisely considered we can one has graduated to the next level of thinking critical and is can be able to deal with issues maturely.
4. What changes might you notice in your personal, student, and professional life if you improve your level of critical thinking? (50 to 100 words)
According to description by Paul and Elder (2012) the changes might one notice in personal, student and professional life is awareness of the problem where by personal life mostly we are unware of the problem. But even if we are aware practice is also changed noticed. For instance professional has regular practice and at the end finds it easier to deal with the problem faster than personal and student. On addition, approach of the issue also plays a vital role in ensuring how one is able to tackle the problem.
Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2012). Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions.
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