Professor Gary Grimm
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.
Do you agree or disagree with the textbook definition of critical thinking? Why or why not? (50 to 100 words)
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 1- The Unreflective Thinker.My personal life consists of mainly my family and friends. I place myself as an Unreflective thinker because I usually “judge some people to be good and some to be bad’ (Paul & Elder, 2012, ), I make decisions and do not seriously question my thinking or its implications. And I often stereotype others and I am comfortable looking at things this way. I am biased in a way when it comes to protecting my family.|
|Student Life||“Critical Thinking Stages” Drop-Down||Stage 3- The Beginning ThinkerI consider myself to be a beginning thinker when it comes to my student life because, I have taken up the challenge to grow and develop. As a student it is required of me to “analyze the logic of situation, check information for accuracy, distinguish between raw information and someone’s interpretation of it”. I understand the value of “examining my thinking in terms of clarity, accuracy, relevance, precision, logicalness, justifiability, breadth, depth and fairness. It feels awkward to me but I have to force myself to think in a disciplined way” (Paul & Elder, 2012,)|
|Professional Life||“Critical Thinking Stages” Drop-Down||Stage 4- The practicing ThinkerIn my professional life, I am a practicing thinker. I understand that may be engaged in a process of trial and error, and also 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. Everyday, rethinking my strategies for improvement” (Paul & Elder, 2012,)|
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)
(See pp. 37-43 in Ch. 2, Critical Thinking, Paul & Elder, 2012)
What changes might you notice in your personal, student, and professional life if you improve your level of critical thinking? (50 to 100 words)
Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2012). Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions.
Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2012). Critical Thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning & your
life (3rd ed.). Retrieved from https://phoenix.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781323010150/first