What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is the process of thinking that questions assumptions. It is a way of deciding
whether a claim is true, false; sometimes true, or partly true. The origins of critical thinking can be traced
in Western thought to the Socratic method of Ancient Greece and in the East, to the Buddhist kalama
sutta and Abhidharma (philosophy of education, 2012).
Critical thinking is an important component of most professions. It is a part of the education
process and is increasingly significant as students progress through university to graduate education, although there is debate among educators about its precise meaning and scope (philosophy ...view middle of the document...
One's thinking may be unclear, inaccurate, imprecise, irrelevant, narrow, shallow, illogical, or trivial, due to ignorance or misapplication of the appropriate learned skills of thinking (Ennis, 2002).
Why is it important? Critical thinking is considered important in the academic fields because it enables one to analyze, evaluate, explain, and restructure their thinking, thereby decreasing the risk of adopting, acting on, or thinking with, a false belief (philosophy of education, 2012). Critical thinking includes identification of prejudice, bias, propaganda, self-deception, distortion, misinformation, etc. Given research in cognitive psychology, some educators believe that schools should focus on teaching their students critical thinking skills and cultivation of intellectual traits (Ennis, 2002).
Critical thinking in my work place.
I use critical thinking every day in my work place. I am continually give task that I must complete and the directions may not always be clear. Without the ability to use problem solving, majority of my task would be left undone. ...