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    Need help composing an essay question or questions relational to "Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making."

    Number 1 The design should have the effect of integrating the concepts of critical thinking.

    Number 2 It should be challenging, the response(s) demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate a problem from a critical thinking perspective.

    Number 3 The design of the question(s) should elicit response (or responses) that demonstrate critical thinking ability.

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    Dear Student,
    While I could have gone down the 'philosophical route' to create essay questions that you can use for this post, I decided to relate critical thinking & decision making to the social sciences. I did so because in this post, you are asked to formulate an essay question or questions that would allow for the answers to demonstrate critical thinking & decision making skills to arrive at a 'truth'. In the social sciences, particularly in sociology, essays are written to answer questions that are written in this nature to engage the researcher to investigate, validate, infer --- using informal logic & available methods to create knowledge. Philosophy is very much a part of social science research and all the concepts in criticial thinking & reasoning adopted into it for knowledge creation. The attachments in this solution includes a word version of the solution, best use this and print it out as it is laid out far better than it is below. Also attached is a selection that would allow you to relate critical thinking & research design which involves a heavy dose of decision making. Essay writing is the skill of using critical thinking & decision making and translating it into text that relays information & answers questions, especially the 'main'/guide questions that was the root of it all. It is the 'fluid' side of the use of philosophy. Good luck!

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    Critical Thinking and Decision Making

    "Critical thinking is best understood as the ability of thinkers to take charge of their own thinking. This requires that they develop sound criteria and standards for analyzing and assessing their own thinking and routinely use those criteria and standards to improve its quality."

    Elder , L. and Paul, R. "Critical thinking: why we must transform our teaching." Journal of Developmental Education, Fall 1994.

    Your post is asking for help in forming An Essay Question or Questions that would elicit a response involving critical thinking & decision making processes in the answers that would result from it. Critical thinking, as Elder & Paul connotes above, is an essential tool for thinkers, especially in the academia. To know one's mind and to set rules to follow to make the best possible decision or choice given a problem and to be able to arrive at it via a sound methodology is essentially what it refers to as a whole though there are various processes, methods & theories one could use dependent heavily upon the nature of the question itself. Philosophy usually refers to the act of Critical Thinking as the use of Informal Logic, when logical concepts are applied to everyday reasoning and problem solving; unlike in formal logic studies where the focus is on the precise symbolic representation of concepts, their abstract relationships and their systemization.

    Informal Logic or critical thinking seeks to find the truth by the use of reason. There are of course various debates against the ability of reason alone to find the perfect truth; however logical thinking's aim is to arrive at what is perceived to be true by means of finding it within the sentences we speak --- via patterns, inferences, induction & deduction, supportive concepts/idea/data that verify what eventually emerges as the 'truth' or the right decision. There is no great mystery in finding the 'truth', most of the time when faced with a problem and a body of data that could either confirm or deny it, the key act is to apply patterns of inference so we can identify, study and provide ideas/statements that support the emergent truth. In decision making in the academia we do not just read a question and right away decide on what feels 'true'. To 'attack' the question we need to understand what it really wants us to do, it's scope and the various ways that the 'truth' or knowledge it seeks can be arrived at. What can be inferred from the question? What other ways can verification of the seemingly obvious are extended? From the data, what are the inferences, the patterns? What does it verify, where does it points us?

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    Solution Summary

    The Solution provides a discussion on the concepts of critical thinking, providing examples of analytical decisions based on said concepts. It demonstrates what critical thinking is about by providing 'Critical Questions' from a sociological issue & provides a 'critical answer' to said questions to demonstrate the use of critical thinking in thinking through & answering such inquiries.