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Critical Thinking Skills: What It Is, Examples and Guidelines

Copyright Carter McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, LLC

Sections in This Topic Include

What is Critical Thinking?

Benefits and Examples of Critical Thinking

How Good Are Your Critical Thinking Skills?

Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills

General Resources

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Creative Thinking
Systems Thinking
Strategic Thinking
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What is Critical Thinking?

"What is critical thinking? It refers to the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment. Critical thinking involves the evaluation of sources such as data, facts, observable phenomenon, and research findings. Good critical thinkers can draw reasonable conclusions from a set of information and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve a problem or make a decision." Adrian Doyle at:
Critical Thinking Definition, Skills, and Examples

WikiPedia provides several different definitions of critical thinking at:
Definitions of Critical Thinking

One of the most comprehensive overviews of critical thinking is from the Foundation for Critical Thinking. Here is their very comprehensive "definition" of critical thinking:
Defining Critical Thinking

The Foundation also provides a brief history of critical thinking:
A Brief History of the Idea of Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking 101

Critical Thinking Skills (activities involved in)
At The Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking
Creative Thinking Skills
How the Creative Mind Works

Benefits and Examples of Critical Thinking

Similar to creative thinking, there are numerous examples of critical thinking in our lives, but we usually don't think of them as such, for example, when you think about

How Critical Thinking Improves Life Outcomes
Fifteen Positive Examples of Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking Examples That Will Influence The World Around You
Examples of Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
Examples of Using Critical Thinking to Make Decisions in the Workplace
Critical Thinking in Everyday Life: 9 Strategies
Critical Thinking in Everyday Life

How Good Are Your Critical Thinking Skills?

Take this self-assessment:
Critical Thinking

The next topic includes articles to help you improve your critical thinking skills.

Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills

As with any skill, it takes practice. First, you get new information about how something could be done and then you practice applying that information.

Critical Thinking Skills: What are They and How Do I Get Them?
How Companies Can Develop Critical Thinkers and Creative Leaders
7 Ways to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills
7 Steps to Improving Your Critical Thinking

How to Develop Critical Thinking Skills
Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills With These 9 Powerful Tricks
26 Critical Thinking Tools Aligned With Bloom's Taxonomy

Also consider
Self-Assessments (numerous self-assessments)
Goals - Setting Personal Goals
Changing Your Behavior
Basic Requirements of Learners in Training and Development
Learning Style Inventory
Personal Productivity
Personal Wellness
Reading Skills

General Resources

Research in Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking: Basic Questions & Answers
Measure What Matters: Critical Thinking

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