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Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is that mode of thinking in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them. (Paul and Elder, 2001).

From The Foundation of Critical Thinking

Critical Thinkers can...

  • Understand the links between ideas
  • Determine the importance and relavance of arguments and ideas
  • Recognize, build and appraise arguments
  • Identify inconsistencies and errors in reasoning
  • Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way
  • Reflect on the justification of their own assumptions, beliefs and values


Taken from the Skills You Need website

Critical Thinking Standards of Thought

What is Critical Thinking?

Five tips to improve your critical thinking skills