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Critical thinking, goals, and social change

Explain the relationship among and between critical thinking skills, achieving goals, and affecting social change.

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(a) Critical thinking

Students are introduced to critical thinking skills as a higher order of learning, evaluating, interpreting and making valid judgments. Moreover, critical thinking is viewed as a university goal of higher education. Critical thinking is a higher order thinking skill which consists of evaluating, interpreting, analyzing, and making inferences as well as an explanation of evidence upon which judgments are made. The discussion is based on evaluating arguments and making judgments (Burbach, Matkin, &Fritz (2004). Moreover, according to Burbach et al., the origin of critical thinking is a university goal of higher education that dates back 2500 years to Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Based on the teaching premises the purpose of engaging in critical thinking was to encourage students to look beneath the surface to make judgments and decisions. Later Dewey (1969, 1997 as cited in Burback, 2004) proposed that critical thinking valued the thinking of judgment and healthy skepticism (482). Other ...

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This solution describes the relationship between critical thinking skills, goals and social change. It further describes the relationship between active learning and achievement.