June 10, 2012
The Unreflective Thinker
After reviewing the text from Linda Elder and Richard Paul, I learned that I am most like an unreflective thinker. As of right now that is what I would consider myself. I never notice that I am always making assumptions, forming concepts, drawing inferences, and thinking. During the course of this class I think that I will be able to move on to the challenged thinker stage. I think that my thinking just comes natural and I don’t really pay attention to it. I know that as I progress through this class it will help me to hone the skills needed to at least get to the practicing thinker stage. I hope that I will be able to learn strategies to help me learn to practice with my thinking and move on from each stage. I have just never had to really think about anything in depth before I guess, or maybe I have I just didn’t know I was doing it at the time.
Stages of Critical Thinking| How to Move to the Next Stage| Obstacles to Moving to the Next Stage| EXAMPLE:The Unreflective Thinker| Examine my thinking to identify problems that affect my thinking.| Deceiving myself about the effectiveness of my thinking | The Challenged Thinker| Examine whether or not I can take the steps to take control and command of my thinking. | Having bad faith that I will be able to take the correct steps. | The beginner Thinker| Recognize that I have a problem and that I am taking steps to fix that problem. | Knowing that I must regularly study and keep trying. | The Practicing Thinker| Critique my own work.| Being able to monitor my own thoughts. Taking too much pride in myself. | The Advanced Thinker| Actively analyze my thinking more in depth. | Stop worrying that everything is wrong. Have faith in myself. | The Master Thinker| Consistently monitor my thoughts and regularly practicing and improving my skills. | Keeping up with improving my skills and keep...