What is Critical Thinking: Examples, Guidelines, and Meaning

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    Understanding Critical Thinking: Examples, Guidelines, and Significance

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    What is Critical Thinking?

    “What is critical thinking? It refers to the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment. Critical thinking involves the evaluation of sources such as data, facts, observable phenomena, and research findings. Good critical thinkers can draw reasonable conclusions from a set of information and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve a problem or make a decision.” Adrian Doyle at:

    Wikipedia provides several different definitions of critical thinking:
    Definitions of Critical Thinking

    One of the most comprehensive overviews of critical thinking is from the Foundation for Critical Thinking. Here is their very comprehensive “definition” of critical thinking:
    Defining Critical Thinking

    The Foundation also provides a brief history of critical thinking:

    Benefits and Examples of Critical Thinking

    Similar to creative thinking, there are numerous examples of critical thinking in our lives, but we usually don’t think of them as such, for example, when you think about

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    Developing Your Critical Thinking Skills

    As with any skill, it takes practice. First, you get new information about how something could be done and then you practice applying that information.

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