Critical thinking

Critical Thinking

MORE THEN BEING CRITICAL’ Presentedby: Greg Pearson and Mary Zommit Mississauga Secondary School October I7, 2007 Welcome I3Beyond your curriculum, whatis the most important thing you can teach or educate your students about? Your Task: '3 Working intable groups of 5-6 each group will receive a piece of chart paper and list answers/ ideas to the question that follows 5 Groups post their work on the wall for others to see '3 One member in a group will highlight a key item or idea that seems to appear on more than one chart paper Your Question: I3 When youthink of someone you consider an effective critical thinker, what attributes do you attach to that individual? What is Critical Thinking? C’One definition is: “the thinking through of a problematic situation about what to believe or how to act where the thinker makes a reasoned iudgment that reflects competent use of the intellectual tools for quality thinking.

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The Best Books on Critical Thinking

How are you working to improve your critical thinking skills?  Through in-person training programs?  Online learning?  Brain teasers and puzzles? What about through reading books on critical thinking?  There are several great books on the topic (especially ones for business professionals), and here are our favorites: For a quick, free read on critical thinking, check out this eBook available for download:  http://www. thinkwatson. com/ebook Now You’re Thinking! is a great introduction to critical thinking told through a real life example of great decision making and problem solving.

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Critical Thinking Worksheets

Apart from all the usual subjects, there are certain other crucial skills that kids need to develop. Critical thinking is one of them. JumpStart has a fun collection of free, printable critical thinking worksheets and free critical thinking activities for kids. Homeschooling parents as well as teachers can encourage better logical thinking, and deductive reasoning skills in kids by introducing them to these exercises. Critical Thinking and your Child Thinking is a process common to all human beings, and perhaps to all living creatures. We’re all different kinds of thinkers – convergent, divergent, inductive, deductive, creative – and the list goes on.

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Thinking Manual

Handouts  Click the above link to view Word documents for all the handouts for this chapter.   Videos Critical Thinking Exercise: Crime and Punishment This critical thinking exercise is based on a current news article in which a young woman was arrested for selling $400 worth of heroin to an undercover police officer in 1974.    She was sentenced to a 10-20 year prison term, but escaped after 8 months.    She was caught 34 years later in 2008.   She had become a model citizen with 3 children that she had raised as model citizens.   She was returned to Michigan to complete her jail sentence.

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[A01] What is an argument?

A crucial part of critical thinking is to identify, construct, and evaluatearguments. In everyday life, people often use "argument" to mean a quarrel between people. But in logic and critical thinking, an argument is a list of statements, one of which is theconclusionand the others are thepremisesorassumptionsof the argument. Before proceeding, read this page about statements. To give an argument is to provide a set of premises as reasons for accepting the conclusion. To give an argument is not necessarily to attack or criticize someone. Arguments can also be used to support other people's viewpoints.

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Exercises to Improve Your Critical Thinking

Critical thinkingis a skill that students develop gradually as they progress in school. This skill becomes more important in higher grades, but some students find it difficult to understand the concept of critical thinking. The concept can be difficult to grasp because it requires students to set aside assumptions and beliefs to thinkwithout bias or judgment. That is difficult to do!Critical thinking involves suspending your beliefs to explore and question topics from a "blank page" point of view. It also involves the ability to know fact from opinion when exploring a topic.

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world. ” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often.

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Articles on Critical Thinking

Listed below are articles on Critical Thinking. Short summaries and citations are provided when available. Allen, Robert D. "Intellectual Development and the Understanding of Science: Applications of William Perry's Theory to Science Teaching. " Arons, Arnold B. "'Critical Thinking' and the Baccalaureate Curriculum. " Baker, Paul J. "Learning Sociology and Assessing Critical Thinking" Bean, John. "Helping Students Read Difficult Texts. " Berthoff, Ann. "Speculative Instruments: Language in the Core Curriculum. " Brand, Manny. "Toward a Better Understanding of Undergraduate Music Education Majors: Perry's Perspective.

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Chapter Outline

You should understand that a fallacy of relevance occurs when an arguer offers reasons that are logically irrelevant to his or her conclusion. You should also understand and be able to identify the following fallacies of relevance:A. Personal Attack (Ad Hominem): This fallacy occurs when a claim or argumentis rejected by attacking the person rather than the person's claim or argument. Most personal attacks follow the pattern:1. X is a bad person. 2. Therefore X's argument must be bad. B. Attacking the Motive: This fallacy occurs when an arguer Criticizes a person's motivation for offering a particular argument or claim, rather than examining the worth of the argument or claim itself.

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THiNK Information Center:

THiNK: Critical Thinking and Logic Skills for Everyday Life, 2/eJudith A. BossISBN: 0078038200Copyright year: 2012"Real Thinking for Real Life with Real Success" For your classes in Critical Thinking, McGraw-Hill introduces the new edition of THiNK, from the acclaimed M Series. Critical Thinking begins by listening and we began THiNK by listening to and observing students and instructors. McGraw-Hill conducted extensive research to gain insight into students' studying and buying behavior, as well as instructor challenges. Students told us they wanted more portable texts with innovative visual appeal and content that is designed according to the way they learn.

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