Associate Level Material Stages of Critical Thinking Stages of Critical Thinking Complete the matrix by identifying the six stages of critical thinking, describing how to move from each stage to the next, and listing obstacles you may face as you move to the next stage of critical thinking. |Stages of critical thinking |How to move to the next stage |Obstacles to moving to the next stage | |EXAMPLE: |Examine my thinking to identify problems |Deceiving myself about the effectiveness of| | |that affect my thinking.
my thinking | |The Unreflective Thinker | | | | |Recognize the role that critical thinking |Self center defensiveness, rationalizing | |The Challenged Thinker |plays in our daily lives, and what problems|and self-deception that are related to | | |occur with poor thinking habits. thinking problems, and intellectual | | | |arrogance. | | |Taking control over, and acting on problems|Running away from problems associated with | |The Beginning Thinker |that affect critical thinking. |rationalization, self-deception, and | | | |
self-centered defensiveness. | |Realizing the need and developing a plan |Self-centered defensiveness, intellectual | |The Practicing Thinker |to practice thinking systematically.
|arrogance, and self deception. | | |Recognizes ignorance and prejudice in |Intellectual arrogance, self-deceptions and| |The Advanced Thinker |thinking and advances thinking without |not allowing myself to think that I am | | |effort, or practice. |always right. | |To be able to make critical thinking a part|Limiting intellectual arrogance, and | |The Master Thinker |of everyday life, and to make the good |self-centered defensiveness, and | | |habits into a second nature. |self-deception. | Write a 150- to 200-word explanation of your current stage of critical-thinking development and explain why you placed yourself at that stage. Format your paragraph consistent with Associate Level Writing Style Handbook guidelines. I believe myself to be an advanced thinker.
A small part of my job is conflict resolution. This requires me to assess situations, interview people, and make difficult decisions on a daily basis. I have to be able to discern between fact and fiction. The information that I gather affects people in the workplace, and at home. It can also affect productivity for others on the job, and the over all welfare of the company. I have to think about all sides of the situation, and leave my personal feelings out of the situation, before I can act on the information that I have obtained, which can be really difficult at times, because we live in a relatively small town, everyone knows each other.
My decisions can ultimately have an affect on our business financially as well. If I make a decision that goes against federal or state law, it could land our company in the court system. Sometimes I will also seek the advice of either another member of our Human Resource team, or even seek legal advice before handing down a decision, writing up or terminating an employee. Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking Now that you identified your current stage as a critical thinker, it is necessary to adopt strategies to develop your thinking. Of the nine trategies you read about this week, choose three that you can begin to practice. Identify the strategies and describe how you can implement each strategy in your daily life. |EXAMPLE | |Strategy: Deal with my emotions. | |Implementation Plan: | |When I am faced with a decision, I will examine the positive and negative emotions associated with my decision. This will help me | |limit the influence of my emotions on my decisions. | Strategy 1: | |Stop Wasting time | |Implementation Plan: | |
I get really frustrated or worried about things that are out of my control, especially at home. I usually let these “things” | |control a good portion of my day, and sometimes week. I always think about the “what if”. When I know that I cannot do anything | |about them, I just need to learn to move on, and not dwell on it | Strategy 2: | |Start keeping a journal | |Implementation Plan: | |Buy a journal, or find one online that I can take notes in on things that are emotionally significant, write down how I responded, | |analyze my response, and see what I learned from the situation. |Strategy 3: | |Redefine the way that I see things | |Implementation Plan: | |I have a horrible habit of looking at the negative of every situation, which tends to be a real downer for everyone involved. I | |need to take a step back with every situation, and try to see the positive in it. | Write a 150- to 200-word summary of your thinking.
Describe critical thinking and reflect on your current stage of critical thinking and your identified strategies. Determine what you can do to develop stronger critical thinking skills. Critical thinking to me is the ability to think through any situation, and think about the consequences of our thoughts before putting it into action. The ability to know what the consequences of our decisions before we make them, is a great ability. I also believe that the ability to think critically, to a certain degree, comes with time, age, and having lived through certain situations in our lives.
Having learned from past mistakes, or helping friends through difficulty in their own lives also gives us different perspectives to add to our decision making process. I think that we as humans have a tendency to want to make people happy, not to deal with conflict, and second guess every decision that we make. I know in my own personal life, that my worst enemy most of the time is myself, because I always think about the what if’s or the negative of situations.
If I had only done this, would I have come away with a different or more positive result. It is easy to beat yourself up over wrong decisions, and only natural to dwell on wrong decisions, and ask, “what if. ” It is also important to know when to let go and ask yourself, “what did you learn from this wrong decision, and is it an opportunity for personal growth? ” I think that is why starting a journal would be good for me, it would give me a point of reference to reflect on.
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