"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all."
Critical Thinking: Definition
Traits of a Critical Thinker
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Thinking Traits & Characteristics
How do we know that a person is a good thinker? What are the
characteristics of a critical thinker? Consider these:
Good critical thinkers
deliberate. They don't just react from the gut
or go with their first instinct--they first
are able to
work within them.
Good critical thinkers are
All critical thinkers
communicate clearly and logically.
They consider multiple points of view before drawing a conclusion.
Critical thinkers share
Good thinkers demonstrate
Strong critical thinkers are able to
develop reasonable conclusions
Think about which of these traits you already have. As you move
through your coursework, try to enhance the critical thinking traits you have
already and add more of these good thinking characteristics.
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The explanation above is taken largely from
Insight Assessment (www.insightassessment.com/test-cctst2k.html#STScales),
developers of the California Critical Thinking Skills Test. Examples and further
explanations are contributed from Dr. Janusz Polanowski, Philosophy.
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