In this course, students will analyze the thinking process from a critical and creative perspective. The lives of prominent creative thinkers will be examined to identify the social, historical, psychological, and cultural elements that influenced their development. The salient aspects of creativity will be assessed along with the relationship between creativity and critical thinking. Students will apply critical thinking skills to contemporary creative and scientific thought.
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Ruggiero, V. R. (2009). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (9th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman.
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Week One: Developing Awareness
Describe the importance of critical and creative thinking in today’s society. 1.2
Explain conceptual foundations of thinking.
Determine methods to overcome hindrances to the critical thinking process. 1.4
Distinguish between perception and reality in messages.
Read Ch. 1 of The art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 2 of The Art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 3 of The Art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 4 of The Art of Thinking.
Participate in class discussion.
Discussion Questions(Indiv activity)
Respond to weekly discussion questions. This will be orally doing class.
Critical Thinking and Society Exercise
Write 150- to 200 words on each of the following topics:
Describe a situation in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome. Describe why it is important to think critically and creatively in similar situations.
Define free will, truth, knowledge, and opinion. Explain how we use them to form thoughts.
Identify three hindrances to the critical thinking process. Determine methods for overcoming these hindrances. Identify a time in which you experienced a hindrance in critical thinking. Describe a method you could use to overcome the hindrances.
Identify a message in advertising. Describe how you perceive the message of the advertisement. Try to determine the reality of the advertisement. Distinguish between your perception and the reality of the message.
Week Two: The Creative Thinking Process
Describe the stages in the creative process.
Apply techniques to develop curiosity.
Formulate original solutions to issues and problems.
Read Ch. 5 of The Art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 6 of The Art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 7 of The Art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 8 of The Art of Thinking.
Read Ch. 9 of The Art of Thinking.
Participate in class discussion.
Discussion Questions( Indiv activity)
Respond to weekly discussion questions orally during class
1 Learning Team Instructions
Evaluating and Refining Resolutions Presentation (Preparation)
In preparation for the Learning Team assignment due in Week Three, perform the following activities:
Search for societal issues and pick one issue you would like to resolve.
Obtain faculty approval of your issue.
Express the issue you found in your search. Refine your expression, and include both the original and the refined version. Justify your revision.
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