Critical Thinking

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Jayson Bacott



Benjamin Perlin

Critical Thinking

In academic, professional and sometimes in daily human life there is talk about critical thinking, the professor of an educational institution may ask of his/her students to think critically when it comes to completing assignments, or the term may be heard in professional circles, the office manager will try to instill in the people working under him/her to think critically when it comes to solving issues with customer or personal, thinking critically is a skill that everyone can use from time to time in nearly every aspect of life, so the question is what is critical thinking?

Critical thinking has several dynamics and definitions, the concept and definition as explained by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul ("DefiningCritical Thinking," 2013) is "Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action".

Although this clearly defines critical thinking in its essence it leaves open what critical thinking is as defined by the person/s that use it everyday.

The capacity to think in a critical way can be seen as being able to make a concrete determination of how to handle a problem, view a certain situation or establish the validity of a piece of information, this is done by first interpreting the situation, problem or information in a rational, understandable way, the next step is to ascertain a feasible way to rectify the situation, solve or pass the problem to someone else, or research the information to verify its soundness, in comparison the inability to think critically is to not possess a proficient problem solving intellect or the ability to understand, analyze and...