July 22, 2013
In this paper I will discuss what critical thinking is and how my personal critical thinking skills have developed and possibly changed. Before starting the Critical and Creative Thinking course, I was unaware of the differences between thinking and critical thinking. The first assignment for the class was the “What Kind of Thinker Are You?” From this, I learned the differences between thinking and critical thinking, the strategies for developing critical thinking, and the different stages of thinking.
What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is different from just thinking in general. Thinking is considered daydreaming, and is distorted, or uniformed. However, critical thinking is more controlled, is improved thinking, and is more of a problem solver. One would be critically thinking when he or she breaks each thought down into analyzing, and assessing each task. A critical thinker will direct their thinking with details and organization. “It is the ability to apply reasoning and logic to new or unfamiliar ideas, opinions, and situations. Thinking critically involves seeing things in an open-minded way and examining an idea or concept from as many angles as possible. This important skill allows one to look past their own views of the world and to better understand the opinions of others” (Wise Geek.org, 2013, para 1).
What I have Significantly Learned
I have learned many things about critical thinking; however, one of the most significant things that I have learned about critical thinking during this course is the difference between a problem and an issue. Understanding that a problem is often unacceptable to most people, and an issue is something that can be disagreed on yet can be worked out will make a difference in the way that both are resolved. I admit that sometimes the lines may be blurred, but at least I can try to tackle them with the...