Critical thinking studies a topic or problem with open-mindedness.
This exercise outlines the second stage of applying a critical thinking approach
to developing and understanding a topic.
With the second stage:
Refine/revise the topic either narrowing or
broadening it according to outcomes of research
Rank or indicate the importance of
three sources of research
Clarify any opinion, prejudice, or bias their authors have
While an opinion is a belief or attitude toward someone or some thing,
a prejudice is preconceived opinion without basis of fact while bias
is an opinion based on fact or research.
Identify key words and concepts that seem to repeat
Is there vocabulary you need to define? Are there concepts you need
to understand better?
In reviewing your research, are there Sequences
or patterns that emerge? Opposing points of view, contradictions, or
facts that don't "fit?" Summarize two points of view that you need to
List what you understand, what you've been told and what
opinions you hold about it
Identify resources available for research
Define timelines and due dates and how they affect the
development of your study
Print the list as your reference
With this second exercise, think in terms of how you would demonstrate
your learning for your topic How would you create a test on what you have
learned? How would you best explain or demonstrate your findings?
From simple to more complex (1-6) learning operations:
List, label, identify: demonstrate knowledge
Define, explain, summarize in your own words:
Solve, apply to a new situation: Apply what you have
Compare and contrast, differentiate between items:
Create, combine, invent: Synthesize
Assess, recommend, value: Evaluate and explain why
Summary of critical thinking:
Determine the facts of a new situation or
Place these facts and information in a pattern
so that you can understand and explain them
Accept or reject your resource values and
based upon your experience, judgment, and
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