Critical thinking has been defined as the ability to be a disciplined thinker by using clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence. Critical thinking is a skill that takes years of practice to master. In this essay I will reflect on my personal stage of critical thinking and what strengths and weaknesses I currently have. This personal reflection will include what challenges I will face to advance my critical thinking skills and what requirements a critical thinker must have. I will also go into detail what a fair-minded thinker is and how this class can help to prepare me for the real world and the challenges a fair-minded thinker can face.
Beliefs, attitudes and values are three little words that have and make a massive impact on who we are as individuals, who we are as people, and even how the world is viewed by ourselves and others. A belief is something that individuals or groups think, such as believing in a god. Where a Value would be the living life in the ways a religion expects, this value will be made from the belief that the person or group has in their God. The attitude towards this would be the feelings, beliefs and behaviour tendencies towards this, for example praying, reading the holy book,
It is through the employment of collaborative class discussions that I have expanded my knowledge of the novel, its historical context, and the contextual factors
After reading " CLUES to Critical Thinking" in chapter 5, I disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to allow Law enforcements to strip search an arrested individual who had only committed a minor offense. The Fourth Amendment clearly states that, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. Unreasonable can be defined as not guided by or based on good sense, which in this case, strip searching an individual for a minor offense can be seen as unreasonable. The only time a cop should be able to strip search you is when the officer has a reasonable suspicion that you are either carrying contraband or an illegal weapon, that is what strip searches are for. It is not
The Purpose of this paper is to apply the 10 steps developed by (Browne & Keeley, 2010) and I will apply those methods on the following memo. A memo was drafted by Ms. Mary Ford (personal communication, January 30, 2012) who is Director of Amalgamated Public Employees Union (APEU) Local No. 121 to Mr. Hector Fuentes the President of APEU Local No. 121 on the issue on New Mexico State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Outsourcing, proposed by the New Mexico Governor Gloria Gainor. This is response memo to the Governor’s (personal communication, October 20, 2011) letter informing the APEU Local No. 121 the intent to
There have been many instances where I have collaborated in this course, one being peer reviews. As I shared my work with others, I started to notice trends that provided insight on how I analyzed works. I realized that I was already looking for patterns in works and suspending judgment, which were skills I had learned in my previous courses. However, there were steps of the analytical process that I needed to strengthen. These steps included pulling out significant parts and making the implicit explicit. Growing up, I have always struggled with absorbing information when reading, and this semester proved to me that that this hindrance would not magically disappear. When reading sources, I struggled to find main ideas or quotable instances,
Communication is the transfer of information from person-to-person, perception and understanding, as well as trust, respect, and empathy are essential to creating and fostering effective communication (Huber, 2014). I will discuss the critical thinking exercise in our text. I will describe communication problems occurring with the development of a critical pathway, and to whom the responsibility of these problems fall onto. Furthermore, I will discuss team behaviors, and leadership and management strategies to resolve conflict and improve communication and relationships.
Though I do believe that I can gather the proper details in preparation of an assignment, my hope is to both expand my knowledge and experience in research and compilation of information into smooth, concise segments. The ability in being able to bring about a point to the reader or listener can help in the many other classes and their assignments involving the process of purposeful analysis in a topic to the application of conveying the thoughts to text. Along with the conventional skill of preparing text, the knowledge of properly identifying sections of possible misinterpretation would allow for the betterment in allowing the intended meaning of my words to show through. As the course description would suggest, an emphasize on the critical analysis of topics is a key point in the class. Expanding that part of my capabilities would be beneficial to both the depth in which I discern meaning from works of others and how in a few words I might be able to procure a thought-provoking message that has a meaning to each their
Critical thinking involves evaluating and analyzing data in order to form a reasonable judgment about a particular topic or idea. It is not simply believing a subject matter because someone in authority or expertise said it, but challenging those arguments in order to form a well thought out conclusion. A critical thinker will normally not accept an answer without reasoning; they require evidence to validate or prove their conclusion. The ability to reason logically is a fundamental and disciplined skill that can be learned over time.
In reading for this assignment, I noticed that one of the first points had to do with thinking critically. On pg 4 the author states “This means examining the assumptions that form the basis of our ideas and ways of behaving.” This point means that as products of our environment, we (those who make up society) must become more aware of all of the values, beliefs, and behaviors we have adopted or passed onto each other, and understand where it stems from. In the beginning, the text gives an example of the United States being based on a system of civil rights, and questioning the outcome of an alternative system: a society that instead values human rights. This is important because it shows how much our country emphasizes certain concepts over others.
This course has helped me with my inquiry and analyzing skills when working with literary work. When reading I would ask superficial questions: “Why did that happen?”, “Why are the curtain blue?”, “What
The concepts of critical thinking and creative thinking are both gaining increasing importance in the world today. Critical thinking allows people to understand difficult concepts in a manner that is clearer and more defined. They can more readily understand those concepts if they employ critical thinking. In all portions of everyday life, a person is expected to make independent judgments. Those judgments are based on experience and knowledge. Without the ability to think critically, every situation that a person comes across would have to be considered in isolation from all other situations. When a person encounters a problem that is a new one, he or she may be able to use critical thinking to solve those problems.
During my participation in my first co-curricular event at Westminster College, I was able to find similarities to several readings directly from our inquiry class. These similarities may have been related to the required reading assignments or even the discussions as part of our class time. Although many of these comparisons and observations didn’t particularly come to mind instantly. After taking notes and thoroughly listening to the two speakers, I was able to make numerous connections. Some being quite more obvious to uncover than others.