It also includes wrestling with thoughts and new information being learned to best be able to apply this knowledge in situations that arise outside the classroom and in everyday decision making.
It is a two-part process; it is an internal process where on our own and with sources we critically think about the topic at hand, but it is also to act externally on the internal decision that was made.
Then, we combine the best answers into theories or models which we can use to predict future happenings.
This is the Academic Method of evidence-based reasoning.
Nevertheless, it remains one of the most beneficial skills we can impart to our learners.
Though it’s a universal concept all of us are aware of, a multitude of differing definitions, views, and opinions circulate on what critical thinking actually is.Every question leads to ten more, and often the hard part of critical thinking is figuring out what is a good question, the “right” question that will lead you somewhere interesting.Critical thinking also means questioning our assumptions, our underlying biases and world-views; it means collecting data and evidence to try to answer our questions, using logic to put together arguments, making informed conclusions, and then communicating and defending those conclusions.Critical thinking furthermore means to be able to look at issues or potential connections with an open mind and minimal bias.It is to look at both sides of the argument and form an educated opinion.This approach again goes back to the early Greek philosophers, but increasingly relates to the higher order skills needed for success in careers and as citizens.Essentially, Liberal Education teaches students to think well, and to learn how to learn.Critical thinking involves mindful forms of communication, problem-solving, and a freedom from any bias or egocentric tendency.You can apply critical thinking to any kind of subject, problem, or situation you choose.The third pillar in our Liberal Education Model is Critical Thinking.This is a method for thinking about the world around us, which we can summarize as evidence-based reasoning.