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The 8 Elements of The Critical Thinking Process

April 3, 2014
You ask any teacher about the skills they want their students to develop and critical thinking will be among the first cited skills. So what is critical thinking all about ?
Critical thinking is  a cognitive process that requires disruptive patterns of thinking, ones that question the status quo of propositions and leads to the creation of alternative lines of reasoning. Defining critical thinking as a process signifies by implication the presence of different elements, stages, steps you name it that constitute and shapes its core. These elements are what I want to share with you today.

Elesapiens has recently published a great article entitled " Critical Thinking: Education Competent Citizens" in which he analyzed and discussed the 8 constitutive skills of the critical thinking  process.These elements, as shown in the visual below, are :

  • Reflection
  • Analysis
  • Acquisition of information
  • Creativity
  • Structuring arguments
  • Decision making
  • Commitment
  • Debate.

Please read Elesapiens post for more details on each of these elements. Enjoy



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  1. Very interesting but what I am wondering is if there is indeed an order to this process. We do a lot of training where I work using an experiential learning model which incorporates the components outlined in the graphic above but there is an order to the process which, when explained and experienced directly, is quite effective.

    Sandy

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