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What is Critical Thinking?

What is critical thinking?

“Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.


“What is Critical Thinking?” Ideas to Action (i2a), University of Louisville, 2023, Accessed 20 Jan. 2023.

Critical thinkers:

  • Ask questions
  • Gather relevant information
  • Think through solutions and conclusions
  • Consider alternate systems of thought
  • Communicate effectively

The Elements of Thought

Richard, Paul and Linda Elder. “Elements of Thought.” The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2006, Accessed 20 Jan. 2023.

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