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My idea of critical thinking is the way in which we come to a logical conclusion. After
reading through the information this week, I see the importance of critical thinking
skills coming from researched information rather than any sort of personal opinion.
We use critical thinking to acquire information and mature.
According to the textbook some of the important characteristics of a critical thinker
are; analytical skills, effective communication, research and inquiry skills, flexibility
and tolerance for ambiguity, open minded skepticism, creative problem solving, and
curiosity (Boss, 2017, p 6-13). The goal of being a successful critical thinker is to
enhance your mind and grow as a human being, so any skill of characteristic that will
expand your mind, is most likely a characteristic of a critical thinker.
Common barriers to critical thinking will typically hinder you in any sort of academic
or professional setting. Being resistant, narrow-minded, a “double thinker”, ignorant
and having a fear of challenge or change, are some but not nearly all of the barriers
that may make it tough to learn and grow. It is essential to be open minded in all
areas of life whether it be personal, academic or professional (Boss, 2017, p 21-27).
These would be barriers that can be difficult to overcome because many of them
step from one’s upbringing. They can, however, be worked through by realizing that
you have control and you can make choices on trusted individuals to listen to and be
open to opposing views.
The most interesting concept to me this week was just realizing how often we
critically think in our day to day lives. When I first heard the words critical thinking at
the beginning of this week, I pictured hard problem solving or significant life events. I
did not recognize that the little decisions I make on a daily basis actually are due to
my subconscious critical thinking.
Mc-Graw-Hill Education. (2017). Characteristics Of A Good Critical Thinker.
In6THiNK6(4th ed., pp. 9–13). New York, NY.
McGraw-Hill Education. (2017). Barriers To Critical Thinking. In6THiNK6(4th ed., pp.
21–27). New York, NY.
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