Essay on Critical Thinking

3420 Words Jun 8th, 2016 14 Pages
Part II
Asking Analytical Questions using
Elements of Reasoning

Introduction to Critical Thinking

What do we do to think critically?

What is critical thinking?

3 Key Questions
Why do we need critical thinking?

The Three Dimensions of Critical Thinking

Reasoning: three aspects

Traits of the Disciplined
Mind

Reasoning
The process of drawing conclusions or figuring something out

Elements of Reasoning

Standards for Reasoning

The quality of our thinking is largely reflected in the quality of our questions.

Circle –
Dots

Critical thinking is the way you do everything you do

Instruction

Content

LOGIC
OF

Student
Thinking

StandardsElementsTraits

In other words,
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What assumptions are being used?

What are the positive and negative implications?

What point of view is/should be represented?

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What main inferences are embedded in the reasoning? What is the most important information being used? What are the key issues, problems, and questions being addressed?

What is the main purpose of the reasoning?

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Eight Questions Students Can Routinely
Ask When They Understand the Elements of Reasoning

Now use the elements of reasoning to generate more questions for the same cartoon. ●

Examine your original questions and identify which elements they target.

ALSO,



Logic of a Cartoon







Individually we can ask a limited number of questions
Collectively we can ask even more
However, when equipped with a framework, individually and collectively we can ask even more

Key Points

We must routinely take our thinking apart

Take our thinking apart

We must routinely What key assumptions underlie the discipline?

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What points of view are fostered within the discipline?

What are some important implications of studying the discipline? What key concepts inform the discipline?

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What types of inferences or judgments are made?

What kinds of information are pursued within the discipline? What

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