Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | June 17, 2008

How to Study: Notes on Critical Thinking II

(Adapted from Raymond S. Nickerson in Teaching Thinking Skills, ed. J.B. Baron and R. J. Sternberg, 1987)
This post is a sequel to How to Study: Notes on Critical Thinking I (June 10, 2008).

A good critical thinker is characterized by many traits.  Here are ten of those traits especially important for academic work.

Ten Traits of a Critical Thinker


1. Thoughts are organized, and articulated concisely and coherently.
2. The differences among assumptions, conclusions and hypotheses are understood.
3. Has a sense of value and the cost of information.
4. Is a careful listener of other people’s ideas.
5. Has the ability to learn independently and is motivated to do so.
6. Distinguishes between valid and invalid inferences; suspends judgment in the absence of sufficient evidence.
7. Looks for unusual approaches to complex problems.
8. Applies problem-solving techniques to situations other than those in which they were learned.
9. Habitually attempts to understand the assumptions and implications of his or her views.
10. Attempts to anticipate probable consequences of alternatives before choosing among them.


Next post:  Critical thinking III


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