Critical Thinking : The Three Major Components Of A Critical Thinker

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Critical Thinking Defined
“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking-about any subject, content, or problem-in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them.” (Paul and Elder, 2014).
Like going to the gym, deciding to go back to school to improve your way of life, or saving for a long-awaited vacation, critical thinking similarly requires a self-controlled, well organized, and strategic order of procedures in an effort to reach your intended goal successfully. Additionally, along this path of success, a thinker may find themselves in a “self-correcting” stage, as one may attempt to allow their biases, partiality, or ill-informed thoughts to take control. However, a well refined critical thinker can ascertain this success by actively and expertly enhancing their quality of thought. This can be achieved by implementing specific concepts; such as theory development, exploration, construction, and/or the investigation of material assembled. According to Paul and Elder, “Excellence in thought must be systematically cultivated”. Therefore, a critical thinker, must purposely put in the work to accomplish success.
Richard Paul and Linda Elder created a critical thinking framework that consists of three major components: 1. The elements of thought; which is your bases for reasoning, 2. the intellectual standards; which will be applied to the elements of
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