a) What is the role of critical thinking in daily life? What is an example of a situation in which you can utilize critical thinking in your own life, and how can critical thinking help in this situation?
b) Explain at least two common barriers to critical thinking, and provide an example of when you encountered each barrier.
c) Review the self-evaluation questionnaire that you completed on p. 7 of Think, along with the meaning of your responses on p. 435 of Think. Reflect on your results related to the following characteristics of a good critical thinker:
⦁ Analytical Skills
⦁ Effective Communication
⦁ Research Inquiry Skills
⦁ Flexibility and Tolerance for Ambiguity
⦁ Open-Minded Skepticism
⦁ Creative Problem-Solving
⦁ Attention, Mindfulness, and Curiosity
⦁ Collaborative Learning
⦁ Which areas may you need to improve? How can you enhance these skills?
2. What is critical thinking? Why is it so important? If you critically (objectively) assess the level of your thinking, what would it be?
3.Before you started this class, what did you think critical thinking was?
How can you relate critical thinking to your personal development?
When was a time you used critical thinking? How did critical thinking help in that situation?
4.Which barrier did you encounter? How did it affect your critical thinking ability?
What would you do differently if you encounter this barrier again?