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Critical Thinking: Elements of Thought

Elements of Thought: Thinking Things Through

Purpose                      What am I trying to achieve or make happen?

Question at Issue     What is the central question I am trying to think through?

Information                What facts, data, or evidence do I need to figure things out?

Concepts                    What are the organizing ideas, theories, or principles that influence my thinking?

Assumptions            What am I taking for granted that forms the basis of my thinking?

Interpretation            What are the connections I am making, and conclusions or solutions I am coming to?

Implications               What are the consequences that follow from my line of thinking?

Points of View           What are the other relevant perspectives that I need to consider?


From The Foundation for Critical Thinking


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