This course focuses on developing the critical and creative thinking skills necessary to analyze and solve problems, make decisions, implement strategies, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues. The principles of creative thinking are essential to critical thinking skills. Students will learn how to evaluate their ideas and how to communicate their points of view persuasively.
Evaluate strategies to promote creative thinking and curiosity.
Communicating Your Ideas
Recognize approaches to achieve effective writing and speaking.
Explain techniques to present ideas and persuade others effectively.
Argument Analysis and Evaluation
Identify fallacies used in written, oral, and visual arguments.
Summarize the steps to evaluate arguments.
Identify errors in reasoning.
Explain how assumptions interfere with critical thinking.
The Role of Questioning and Criticism
Apply strategies to foster criticism in problem solving.
Explain types of questions that lead to critical thinking.
Compare the steps in refining solutions to a problem and resolutions of issues.
Identify sources of information when investigating a problem or issue.
Describe how to express problems and issues.
Distinguish problems from issues.
Critical Reading, Listening, and Viewing
Use techniques to detect bias and propaganda.
Compare strategies for critical reading, listening, and viewing.
Clarify the importance of making distinctions in critical evaluation.
The Perception Process and Evaluating Thinking
Explain how thought processes are changed or manipulated by perception.
Compare methods for overcoming perceptual blocks that hinder thinking.
Identify perceptual blocks that hinder thinking.
Developing and Establishing a Foundation for Thinking
Identify strategies to develop and improve your thinking.
Identify your state of development in critical thinking.
Describe critical thinking.
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