Definitions for "Critical thinking"
The careful observation of a problem followed by a thoughtful and reasoned response. One outcome of the college experience is to foster a more systematic, thorough, and focused mode of thinking.
An ability to evaluate information and opinions in a systematic, purposeful, efficient manner.
At university you will be asked to be more critical of your course content than you may have been at school. Being critical at uni means much more than just being negative. In a uni context, being critical is all about asking questions, challenging assumptions, drawing informed conclusions and making judgements based on evidence.
Critical reflection involves investigating hidden meanings and dimensions of practice or behavior. It is a process whereby assumptions supporting our beliefs, and the discourse which validates beliefs is examined (Mezirow, 1994, p. 226). Culture DECONTEXTUALIZATION Decontextualization refers to taking something out of context; for example, if homelessness is defined as mental illness, homelessness' social context of unemployment and lack of affordable housing can be ignored. (See medicalization).
Evaluating claims, assumptions, and implications of a particular point of view without simply accepting them as facts
Analyzing and contemplating past and present experiences, as well as future possibilities, by taking into account multiple perspectives on a story or narrative..
A sophisticated cognitive process which involves the careful examination of ideas and information from multiple perspectives in order to clarify and improve our understanding and to develop ideas that are unique, useful, and worthy of future elaboration.
The ability to discern and discriminate through an individual thought process.
Using and/or applying a high quality thought process
is exploring questions about and solutions for issues which are not clearly defined and for which there are no clear-cut answers.
Shows or requires careful analysis before judgment.