Critical Thinking Skills Practice and Portfolio ZAP 101 - 104

PLEASE NOTE: This module is under re-development for 2018. Adaptations should be complete by 10-12th September, 2017.


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Critical Thinking

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According to Halpern (p. 4, 1997):

“When we think critically, we are evaluating the outcomes of our thought processes.”

What is Critical Thinking? | 10:42 mins

Work through the following Lynda course on critical thinking

Sourced From Skills You Need (2017)

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Try this simple exercise to help you to start thinking critically, record the exercise in your portfolio.

Think of something that someone has recently told you. Then ask yourself the following questions:

Who said it?

Someone you know? Someone in a position of authority or power? Does it matter who told you this?

What did they say?

Did they give facts or opinions? Did they provide all the facts? Did they leave anything out?

Where did they say it?

Was it in public or in private? Did other people have a chance to respond an provide an alternative account?

When did they say it?

Was it before, during or after an important event? Is timing important?

Why did they say it?

Did they explain the reasoning behind their opinion? Were they trying to make someone look good or bad?

How did they say it?

Were they happy or sad, angry or indifferent? Did they write it or say it? Could you understand what was said?

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Skills You Need

Griffith Institute for HE, Griffith Graduate Attributes Critical Evaluation Skills Toolkit, 2nd Edition (2011). Crebert, G., Patrick, C.-J., Cragnolini, V., Smith, C., Worsfold, K., & Webb, F. (2011). Critical Evaluation Skills Toolkit.

Halpern, D.F. (1997). Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: A Brief Edition of Thought and Knowledge. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erhlbaum & Associates.


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