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Week 1 Assignment 1: Definition of Critical Thinking
By: Diane C. Foster (G00018513)

Definition of Critical Thinking
The first reading contained the following definition of critical thinking: “Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or communication, as a guide to belief and action.” Defining Critical Thinking. (n.d.). Critical Thinking Index Page. Retrieved from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766 This definition uses words with which you may be unfamiliar.  First, write the definitions for the following words:

* Conceptualizing
* Analyzing
* Synthesizing
Second, re-write the definition of critical thinking in your own words. If you like, use more than one sentence. Be sure to Include citations as needed and write in first person

Definitions according to www.dictionary.reference.com
* Conceptualizing – 1) To form into concept; make a concept of. 2) To form a concept: think in concepts. 3) To Form (a concept or concepts) our of observations, experience, data, etc * Analyzing – 1) To examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of. 2) To examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc. 3) Break down, explicate * Synthesizing – 1) To form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (opposed to analyze). Definitions in my own words.

* Conceptualizing – to form an idea or theory based off of observation, experience, data * Analyzing – to pick apart thoroughly
* Synthesizing – to form ideas or theories with out analyzing
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