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Critical Thinking Application

Prepare a paper in which you describe critical thinking. Provide an example from your personal experience in applying critical thinking to a work related decision, and the importance and benefits of critical thinking in the decision-making processes. Be sure to properly cite at least two different references.

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Please see response attached (Posting 111592.doc), which is also presented below. I also attached an excellent overview of critical thinking for consideration. I hope this helps and take care.

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This essay question is straightforward, and clearly explains what to include in the paper, which can act as a tentative outline, which might look something to the effect:

I. Introduction (introduce topic: include purpose statment: The purpose of this paper is...)
II. What is Critical Thinking?
III. Personal Application
IV. Critical thinking in Decision-making
V. Conclusion

Now, let's look at some information to consider for the above outline.

II. What is Critical Thinking?

There is no consensus on a definition for critical thinking. However, critical thinking is a term used to refer to those kinds of mental activity that are clear, precise, and purposeful. It is typically associated with solving complex real world problems, generating multiple (or creative) solutions to a problem, drawing inferences, synthesizing and integrating information, distinguishing between fact and opinion, or estimating potential outcomes, but it can also refer to the process of evaluating the quality of one's own thinking. However, the precise collection of which critical thinking elements should be stressed in a particular class may vary depending on the nature of the subject matter at hand. In nearly all cases acquiring critical thinking competence requires that students be provided with opportunities to identify and challenge the assumptions of meaningful problems in a discipline as well as to explore alternative hypotheses or ways of thinking and acting.
www.senate.psu.edu/curriculum_resources/guide/glossary.html

Critical thinking consists of three steps:

· 1. Becoming aware that assumptions exist
· 2. ...

Solution Summary

Through definition, examples and discussion, this solution explains critical thinking on several dimensions. Supplemented with an excellent overview of critical thinking and other links for further research. References cited.

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