Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making

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Stephanie W. Jones
University of Phoenix
Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making
GA09BSB06 – Ahmer Allauddin
April 30, 2010

Critical Thinking

The author [of this paper will describe critical thinking and provide an example from their personal experience in which they applied critical thinking to a work related decision and the importance and benefits critical thinking had in the decision-making process. Critical thinking is accountable for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They are the basic elements of communication. In an ever changing world critical thinking plays an important part in social change. Critical thinking also plays an important part in social change, in society, the schools, businesses; courts and government are the products of a certain way of thinking.

Critical thinking is the art of thinking about thinking while thinking to make thinking better. It involves three interwoven phases: it analyzes thinking, it evaluates thinking, and it improves thinking. By focusing on the parts of thinking in any situation you have to analyze its purpose, question, information, inferences, assumptions, concepts, implications, and points of view. Craig Hassel, of the University of Minnesota defines critical thinking as follows:  It is the process of thinking about one's thinking, a conscious evaluation of one's thoughts.  Critical thinking can be understood as a way of becoming aware of and taking control of one's own thinking processes in order think more effectively.  It is consciously directing one's thinking to make it more rational, clear, accurate, and consistent.   

Critical thinking is important to everyone because it brings us to ask ourselves relevant questions, weight evidence offered in support of arguments, interpret complex problems and make wise decisions. This is important because for many problems there are no clear-cut solutions and in most cases there could be more than one...
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