Stages of Critical Thinking

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Appendix A

Stages of Critical Thinking

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 Thinking| How to Move to the Next Stage| Obstacles to Moving to the Next Stage| The Unreflective Thinker| Go through and examine the problems and issues the affect my critical thinking.| Lying to myself about how I am with the effectiveness of my thinking.| The Challenged Thinker | Make yourself become aware of the problems that you can have in your thinking.| I do not speak or ask for opinions from anyone else about the effectiveness about my thinking.| The Beginning Thinker | You try to improve, but it’s without regular practice.| There are points when I forget I should use my critical thinking skills at all times.| The Practicing Thinker| You begin to realize and recognize the necessity of regular practice.| The more practice I do with my thinking skills the better I can get with my skills.| The Advanced Thinker| You will need to advance in accordance with your practice.| I cannot get familiarized with concepts of critical thinking and the skills.| The Master Thinker | Skilled and insightful thinking becomes your second nature.| I find myself to be too impatient to keep up with the skills everyday. |

Write a 150- to 200-word explanation of your current stage of critical-thinking development and explain why you placed yourself at that stage. Format your paragraph consistent with Associate Level Writing Style Handbook guidelines.

I would have to say after a lot of thought about my critical thinking would be somewhere in between a challenged thinker and the beginning thinker. I have placed myself in these categories, because I know I have issues and problems when it comes to critical thinking. When I do think about a problem or...
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