Stages of Critical Thinking

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Complete the matrix by identifying the six stages of critical thinking, describing how to move from each stage to the next, and listing obstacles you may face as you move to the next stage of critical thinking.

Stages of Critical ThinkingHow to Move to the Next StageObstacles to Moving to the Next Stage EXAMPLE:

The Unreflective ThinkerExamine my thinking to identify problems that affect my thinking.Deceiving myself about the effectiveness of my thinking. The Challenged ThinkerTo be aware of the role of critical thinking in life and of the problems associated with poor thinking.Egocentric defensiveness, Intellectual arrogance, rationalizing and self-deception when relating life’s problems with our thinking. The Beginning ThinkerTake action and control over the problems affecting critical thinking.Not facing the challenges due to intellectual arrogance, rationalization, and self-deception. The Practicing ThinkerBegin to develop awareness of the need for a realistic plan for systematic practice.Egocentrism, intellectual arrogance and self-deception. The Advanced ThinkerHave the ability to recognize ignorance and prejudice in our thinking and advance with our practice.Deceiving myself into thinking that my opinions are always right. The Accomplished Thinker Thinker To be able to incorporate critical thinking into everyday life and the good habits of thinking are becoming second nature.Egocentric defenses, intellectual arrogance, and self-deception but in a more limited form.

Write a 150- to 200-word explanation of your current stage of critical-thinking development and explain why you placed yourself at that stage.
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