Critical Thinking Definition Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the factors that should be considered when defining critical thinking.
# 151171 | 870 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 28, 2012 in Psychology (General)

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This paper discusses how critical thinking is generally understood as educated and skeptical analysis with an eye towards improving the soundness of a thought and how this definition still does not provide a great deal of clarity, and in fact opens the door to many kinds of thinking that might appear to be critical, but that are in fact not conducive to greater success, whether academic otherwise. The paper contends that an examination of some of the other factors to be considered when defining critical thinking such as language and communication, is necessary in order to critically improve this definition into something more valuable. The author also draws upon personal experience to make his point.

From the Paper:

"Language and communication are also key to the concept of thinking in general, and critical thinking specifically. Without the possibility for communication, no thought is externally useful or able to be discussed, therefore thinking itself can be defined "as the activity of the brain that can potentially be communicated" (Kirby & Goodpaster 2007). Language is the way almost all human thought is communicated, and the efficacy of one's language ability has a direct causal effect on the effectiveness of their ideas (Alwasilah 2002). Unbiased skeptical analysis, then, can only take place in well thought out and logically related linguistic steps, then, if it is to be at all useful, and possibly if the thought is to originate in the brain at all (Kirby & Goodpaster 2007; Alwasilah 2002). Without developing the necessary language skills, and individual is left not only handicapped in their ability to understand situations and develop their own critical analysis of them but they are also completely unable to communicate their analysis and its conclusions to other individuals, making critical thinking virtually non-existent for that individual and hugely limiting their ability to effect change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alwasilah, A. (2002). "Critical thinking crucial to global success." Jakarta Post May 2, pp. 7.
  • Elder, L. & Paul, R. (2002). "Critical thinking: Distinguishing between inferences and assumptions." Journal of developmental education 25(3), pp. 34-5.
  • Elder, L. & Paulr, R. (2006). Critical Thinking:Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life. New York: Prentice Hall.
  • Kirby, G. & Goodpaster, J. (2007). Thinking. New York: Prentice Hall.

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