Steps Of Critical Thinking : Identification, Decision Making, Evaluation, And Reflection

1305 Words Mar 7th, 2015 6 Pages
, if not most, have heard of the phrase “use your critical thinking skills” but probably never truly understood what that meant and what it entails. There are seven steps that are used in critical thinking: Identification, research, analysis, application, decision making, evaluation, and reflection. The first step in the critical thinking process is identification which means exactly what the first steps is: identifying the problem or issue. The second step is research which is researching what the problem is, how it could have come about, and any possibilities to overcome the issue at hand. The third step is analysis, this means that one must analyze, or evaluate the smaller bits of the problem and piece together how everything works hand in hand with each other. The fourth step is application. Application simply means applying the general moral principles to the problem one is trying to fix, deciding which ones are most relevant to the issue, and how they conflict with each other. The fifth step of the critical thinking process is decision making. Decision making is choosing the most effective and most ethical choice from the available options and using it to fix the problem and be able to justify the decision. The sixth step to the critical thinking process is evaluation. The evaluation step not only asks the individual if the choice they made was the most effective decision; but was the decision is morally and ethically sound for their predicament. The seventh and final…

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