Strategies for critical thinking in learning and project
Critical thinking studies a topic or problem with
open-mindedness. This exercise outlines the first stage
of applying a critical thinking approach to developing and
understanding a topic. You will:
Develop a statement of the topic
List what you understand, what you've been told
and what opinions you hold about it
Identify resources available for research
Define timelines and due dates and how they
affect the development of your study
Print the list as your reference
Here is more on the first stage:
Define your destination, what you want to learn Clarify
or verify with your teacher or an "expert" on your subject
Topics can be simple phrases: "The
role of gender in video game playing"
"Causes of the war before 1939" "Mahogany trees in
Central America" "Plumbing regulations in the suburbs"
"Regions of the human brain"
Develop your frame of reference, your starting point,
by listing what you already know about the subject
What opinions and prejudices do you already have about this?
What have you been told, or read about, this topic?
What resources are available to you for
research When gathering information, keep an open mind Look
for chance resources that pop up! Play the "reporter" and follow
leads If you don't seem to find what you need, ask librarians or
How does your timeline and due dates affect your research?
Keep in mind that you need to follow a schedule. Work back from
the due date and define stages of development, not just with
this first phase, but in completing the whole project.
Summary of critical thinking:
Determine the facts of a new situation or
subject without prejudice
Place these facts and information in a
pattern so that you can understand them
Accept or reject the source values and
conclusions based upon your experience,
judgment, and beliefs
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