In the mood to do a self - test?
Try testing your thinking against the critical thinking 'standards' developed by Paul and Elder.
1. Clarity - Your thoughts are clear. If not, you run the risk of dodgy conclusions and rubbish decisions.
2. Accuracy - based on the facts. If not, you run the risk of being taken in by uncritical thinkers.
3. Precision - Just the right amount of detail. You need those specifics for increased clarity.
4. Relevance - thinking aligned to the purpose at hand.
5. Depth - going deeper than the surface to grapple with the complex behind the thought.
6. Breadth - take on perspectives and viewpoints and arguments and then assess.
7. Logical order - systematic and connected in an approach to thinking.
8. Significant - focus on the 'heart' of a matter and not the trivial that may surround it
9. Fairness - pay respect to viewpoints and opinions + be mindful of prejudice and stereotypes.
How did you do?
Which one needs work?