Presentation on theme: "Examples of Critical Thinking. What is Critical Thinking? CRITICAL THINKING is the active and systematic process of Communication Problem-solving Evaluation."— Presentation transcript:
What is Critical Thinking? CRITICAL THINKING is the active and systematic process of Communication Problem-solving Evaluation Analysis Synthesis Reflection both individually and in community to Foster understanding Support sound decision-making and Guide action
Why is critical thinking important to students? Critical thinking is critical to employers Can you analyze situations? Can you solve problems? Can you communicate your position logically? Can you make good decisions (based on data, not feelings)?
Why is critical thinking important to student learning? College-level learning is deeper than memorizing facts: Science – analyzing results of experiments in light of existing theories Math – selecting appropriate problem-solving strategy for word problems Humanities – putting literature and art into historical context Health fields – evaluating patients and making decisions in clinical settings Communications – debate; persuasive writing Criminal justice/fire science – reacting correctly to simulations Political science/sociology – analyzing others’ points of view
Why is critical thinking important to society? Failure in critical thinking are disastrous Space Shuttle Columbia Levee construction in New Orleans Faulty critical thinking can lead to wrong conclusions Biased polls adversely affect public opinion 80 percent of Americans think the government is hiding knowledge of the existence of aliens. 3 million Americans believe they've had a possible encounter with aliens
Students’ What’s in it for me? Critical thinking in the world of work Medical – evaluating patients’ symptoms Technology – problem-solving software/engineering solutions Counter-terrorism – synthesizing intelligence to predict future events Criminal justice/fire science – analyzing the scene – whodunit? Government – solving problems like hurricane relief Education – reflecting on student success resulting from your teaching Business – analyzing information to detect trends; ethical decisions Journalism – communicating fairly
Students’ What’s in it for me? (continued) Critical thinking in everyday life: How should I prepare for a hurricane? Should I evacuate? What is the safest way to travel? What is the slant of a news story? What are my real chances of winning the lottery? Why is my good friend angry at me? What questions should I ask myself and my partner before getting married? Which phone company plan is best for my needs?