March 20, 2012 4 Comments
In a world of message overabundance, group-thinking emphasis, and easy social media sharing, is critical thinking slowly becoming less important? Or is it a skill that needs to be reemphasized in classrooms and workplaces?
Let’s begin by defining the term: critical thinking is “disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.” Critical thinking has been around as long as human beings have, but began to take shape as a formal process in Ancient Greece with the development of the Socratic method.
It has become an essential part of the education process (especially in higher education) and many professions. Critical thinking involves the five components in the diagram to the right: reasoning, evaluating, problem solving, decision making, and analyzing.