Associate Level Material
Stages of Critical Thinking
Stages of Critical Thinking
Complete the matrix by identifying the six stages of critical thinking, describing how to move from each stage to the next, and listing obstacles you may face as you move to the next stage of critical thinking.
|Stages of critical thinking |How to move to the next stage |Obstacles to moving to the next stage |
|EXAMPLE: |Examine my thinking to identify problems |Deceiving myself about the effectiveness of|
| |that affect my thinking. |my thinking ...view middle of the document...
|thinking to advance. In other words, |
| | |practicing without recognition of the |
| | |advancement. |
| |We understand the value of our critical |Becoming too comfortable, or arrogant with |
|The Master Thinker |thinking skills, and we utilize them often |regard to my critical thinking skills, and |
| |enough that they becomes second nature to |ultimately limiting my ability to continue |
| |us. |growth and improvement. |
Write a 150- to 200-word explanation of your current stage of critical-thinking development and explain why you placed yourself at that stage. Format your paragraph consistent with Associate Level Writing Style Handbook guidelines.
The practicing thinker is the stage in which I believe that my thinking skills currently reside. I recognize that improvements are needed, and I know that practicing these strategies will lead to the overall improvement of my critical thinking skills. I typically apply critical thinking to as many scenarios as I can, because I understand that I have the ability to realize endless possibilities, and I like the idea of challenging things that I may feel biased about. At the same time, I also feel that I am transitioning into advanced thinking. I do not approach anything one-sided, and I always feel naturally compelled to analyze topics, subjects, items, and ideas from every side. I am not satisfied with general answers; I dig to find the most unrealistic possibility and I question everything about it. I place myself between these two stages for two reasons. First, I believe that progression is important. I strive to improve the way that I think, analyze, and feel about ideas and subject-matter. Secondly, I apply critical thinking as often as possible because I appreciate the desire to learn more, and I feel that my skills grow stronger every time I utilize them.
Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking
Now that you identified your current stage as a critical thinker, it is necessary to adopt strategies to develop your thinking. Of the nine strategies you read about this week, choose three that you can begin to practice. Identify the strategies and describe how you can implement each strategy in your daily life.
|Strategy: Deal with my emotions. |
|Implementation Plan: ...