Critical thinking is the disciplined, systematic analysis of evidence that arrives at an opinion, judgement or critique. This is often misunderstood as being a process of finding fault. However critical thinking can also arrive at positive opinions. Critical thinking is a process of intellectual engagement whereby evidence and assumptions are carefully reviewed to achieve an in-depth understanding before developing an opinion based on a reasoned process.
OverviewIn practice, critical thinking is used to describe the many modes of thinking that are useful in an academic context. This includes skepticism, questioning assumptions, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, comparison, explanations, modeling and problem solving. Critical thinking is objective and systematic.Next: Examples of Critical Thinking
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