Critical Thinking and Ethics
Critical Thinking and Ethics
Critical thinking is such an important part of everyday life that many people do not even realize they use it as a tool. Critical thinking is a concept in which a person thinks on a higher level and evaluates options to help make a more informed and wise decision. It is reflecting on the issue at hand and requires a little effort in the thought process. Ethics are concepts that identify what is right and wrong. Using ethics when critically thinking can help you make an unbiased or unprejudiced decision.
There are several steps involved in critical thinking. They are remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating (Krathwohl, 2001). When remembering, ask yourself “Can I recall the key terms, facts, or events?” When making sure you understand, ask yourself “Can I explain this idea in my own words?” When ...view middle of the document...
When completing my Ethical Lens Inventory, I learned that my expectations of others may be too much. My blind spot was unrealistic role expectations. I rely strongly on virtues associated with different roles. I tend to rely too much on the virtues associated with a particular role, and forget that individuals are fallible regardless of their role. I struggle with accepting that even those people that live fully into the virtues required may still not be able to resolve all problems. This was very accurate for me. I find myself sometimes questioning others; not because they are wrong, but because their opinion differs from my own.
Ethics also play a role when utilizing critical thinking. I believe that when I am using the six step system, my personal ethics can be utilized during each step. After completion of each step, I simply ask myself “is this right or wrong for me?” This goes hand-in-hand with personal values. Not everyone follows the same ethics, but not everyone believes in all the same things. When using critical thinking, I try to stay true to myself and my own personal beliefs.
Ethics also apply to professional and societal responsibilities. There is a baseline of ethics that apply to both, but they can be viewed very differently.
Professional ethics refer to workplace ethics. Ethical standards are used throughout an organization, and especially helpful when trying to decipher through gray areas involved in a certain topic. Many organizations have utilized a specific code of ethics. When people in a professional organizations use ethics in decision making, they are more likely to gain respect and trust of their coworkers. Ethical decisions can sometimes be a key factor in professional success.
Ethics also play a key role in societal responsibilities as well. Society expects people to use ethics that will ultimately allow everyone to be able to live and work together. This coincides with critical thinking process again by asking “Is this right or wrong.”
Krathwohl, L. W. (2001). A Taxonomy For Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision Of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. New York: Addison Wesley Longman.