Week 1 â€“ DQ
Post a total of 3 substantive responses over 2 separate days for full participation. This includes your initial post and 2 replies to other students.
Words can have different meanings in different contexts, and that is the case with the word critical. Using a shared definition makes discussion more productive, so to begin, this week we define what is meant by critical thinking. Sometimes, the word critical means being picky. It can also mean that something is important, as in â€œthat is a critical part of this machine.â€ However, neither of those definitions reflects the meaning of critical as it is used in the phrase critical thinking.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
Based on this weekâ€™s reading and activities, how would you define critical thinking?
What are some characteristics of a critical thinker, and what do you see as common barriers to critical thinking?
How might people overcome or avoid those barriers?
What, in particular, in the reading assignments this week expanded your ideas about critical thinking?
Reply to at least 2 of your classmates. Be constructive and professional in your responses.