Critical thinking means being able to make reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don’t simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to but rather have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions. Essentially, it is comprised of six vital skills: (1) problem solving, (2) analysis, (3) creative thinking, (4) interpretation, (5) evaluation, and (6) reasoning. Unfortunately, however, there are also impediments to critical thinking.
Step 1: Review the PowerPoint document on Critical Thinking Impediments. (please see attachment) Think about how you would explain these impediments in laymen’s terms? Provide a brief description of each impediment in your own words.
Step 2: Consider a situation in which you DID NOT think something through critically. It can be in the past or fairly recent, but should be something that you can completely dissect. Describe the situation in detail. Also, consider which impediments may have been present in your situation. How many, if any, impediments were observable? How did these impediments impact your critical thinking?
Step 3: Then, think about, if given the opportunity to re-do this situation, what you would do differently. How would you ensure that none of these impediments would show up again? How would each of the aforementioned 6 skills show up, instead, in this situation?