This course thus far has placed the emphasis on actively developing your thinking. Everything in the course has been educationally designed in order to guide you to become better at critical thinking. You will therefore not be asked to memorize information. Instead, you will be required to actively participate in class so that you can improve your thinking.
Think about learning to think as you would of learning any new skill. A new skill requires that you first learn the fundamentals of that skill, then practice the fundamentals every day. The same is true about learning how to critically think and reason.
You must practice the essential standards of thinking fundamentals every day. Therefore, this class has been designed with the primary purpose of helping you develop your thinking and reasoning skills. Why is this important? Because the quality of every decision you make will be directly determined by the quality of your reasoning abilities. In fact the quality of your life in general, will be determined by how well you think in general.
Read how to write a self-assessment paper: http://academic.shu.edu/english/1201/portfolio-assessment/sample_student_self-assessment2.htm.
Write a paper that is a self-assessment of your progress as a strategic critical thinker.
- Has this course been effective in teaching you how to think critically? Why or why not? (This is an opportunity to provide positive input into the future development process of this course.)
- Include the critical thinking stage you now perceive yourself to be in:
Stage One: The Unreflective Thinker
Stage Two: The Challenged Thinker
Stage Three: The Beginning Thinker
Stage Four: The Practicing Thinker
Stage Five: The Advanced Thinker
Stage Six: The Accomplished Thinker
- The first step in understanding and conducting a self-assessment is to reflect back on your intellectual critical thinking journal and begin to analyze your own claims, (premises) assumptions, and facts.
- Provide 6-8 scholarly research sources that you might consider using for your final essay. Give a short reason why each would be pertinent to your Portfolio Project. This is not expected to be a final list. The goal here is to motivate you to begin examining research that might help you in your final Portfolio Project. Add a reference section for your research sources. These references should include scholarly articles, 1-2 books, and 2-4 academic credible websites. Make sure you use APA.
- Remember, next week (Week 7), you will practice your critical thinking skills by offering feedback on other students’ work.
Submit your work for credit by Sunday, no later than 11:59 p.m., MT.
Sources and Citations: Cite two scholarly sources to back up your claims, assumptions, and facts. You are encouraged to use the readings for the course. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find your sources.
Your paper, including citations and references, should be 4-5 pages in length, well written, and all source citations (including the reference page) should be formatted per the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA.