Topics: Critical thinking, Reasoning, Logic Pages: 4 (1089 words) Published: March 12, 2013
Essay topic:
Utilising the four dimensions outlined in Pavlovich (2007), discuss the importance of critical thinking in the learning process - specifically in evaluating arguments. In your answer draw on a range of relevant SSK19 unit texts.

Using relevant SSK19 readings, in particular the four dimensions of reflective practice presented in Pavlovich (2007, 283), discuss the fundamental role that critical thinking plays in evaluating arguments at university.

Each of us make thousands of decisions in a lifetime and would like to believe that the decisions we make are ample however, only a few of us practice the tool of critical thinking in order to improve our thinking process and make well reasoned decisions. As a university student, thinking critically is an essential tool as without it you are only looking at the surface. In this essay we will explore the critical thinking process using the different dimensional levels of the reflective processes when evaluating arguments.

Critical thinking and reflection methodologies are considered by many to be used interchangeably and being able to understand and possess these skills are essential for students engaged in evaluating arguments at university. Embracing such skills facilitates a student to formulate the right questions, assess the possible answers, scrutinize the credibility of information and sources, and make solid judgments based on the evidence provided.

Critical thinking plays a fundamental role in evaluating arguments as it allows students to skilfully analyse any given subject, content or argument, evaluate the material and determine a verdict or conclusion in a neutral, unbiased, open-minded manner. It is not just what you think, it is what you think and argue.

In week one of SSK19 we were given an extract of Kathryn Pavlovich exposition, “The development of reflective practise through student journals” (Pavlovich 2007) to which Pavlovich makes mention of the four...
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