Critical Thinking Essay
Critical thinking is a process where the person involved will truly investigate every aspect of a decision or topic to form a conclusion. “Critical thinking is self-directed, self-discipline, self-monitored and self-corrective thinking.” (Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2013) “Critical thinking also includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Some skills that critical thinkers have are understanding the logical connections between ideas, solve problems systematically and identify the relevance and importance of ideas.” (Lau and Chan 2004-2014) It has also been said by The Foundation for Critical Thinking that people who think ...view middle of the document...
As a teacher, they are expected to make decisions, solve problems and guide others into doing the right thing. Teachers who make informed decisions based on research and beliefs tend to avoid thinking and acting on misinformation. As a teacher, they are also faced with challenges with diversity so they have to redefine the way they see different things like; cultural beliefs and priority levels.
Critical thinking skills are necessary for our everyday lives in many different ways. When you are involved in an intimate relationship, both sides have to be able to see the others point of view. Attitude plays a big part in those involved in a relationship seeing eye-to-eye. “There are several key characteristics that embody this attitude such as: high motivation, open-mindedness, healthy skepticism, free thinking, and intellectual modesty.” (Haskins, Greg R. 2006) When people are both open-minded and skeptical, they seek out the facts before jumping to conclusions because they have the needed information to make an informed decision. Critical thinkers attempt to get to the truth of the matter rather than just trying to please the other person or find error with their viewpoint.
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Haskins, Greg R. “A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking. 2006. 12 November 2014.