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Critical thinking skills
Critical thinking skills is a process through which an individual is intellectually
disciplined to skillfully and actively apply, conceptualize, analyze, evaluate and synthesize
relative data that is gained from observing, life experiences, reflection, communication as
well as reasoning in a bid so they can make informed decisions as pertains to a predicament
that is existent at the time. Once this has been achieved, the individual then undertakes on an
action plan that can dissolve or eradicate the predicament entirely. Critical thinking skill
building is based on the intellectual values of universal nature that allow for the individual to
mitigate similar nuances in future (Paul, & Binker, 1990).
Intellectual values include; accuracy, clarity, precision, relevance, evidence,
consistency, scope, reasoning, and fairness. Critical thinking skills are employed in the
assessment of elements through a frame of reference, assumptions, assessing the predicament
and reasoning. The essence of critical thinking is that it allows the individual to remain active
rather than passive in solving issues pertaining to the subject matter regardless. Thus, critical
thinking can be employed in various disciplines such as historical, mathematical, scientific,
and moral thinking amongst others (Paul, & Binker, 1990). Critical thinking, therefore,
involves the individual seeking and retaining information of consequence in a bid to solve
problems that may occur or recur at a certain time or place.
Evidence: I have been able to integrate critical thinking into assessing and solving problems
that I have faced in the course of my life. Through researching disciplines on matters such as
psychology on matters relative to communication, I have been able to apply my learning in
dealing with other people regardless of who they were.
Evidence: Critical thinking skills have allowed me to focus attention on the predicaments I
am faced with at the moment, I have been able to clearly dispense thoughts into identifying
the factors causing the predicament and being able to solve the predicament at the time
whether it relates to finding a topic for an essay or in solving problems in real life.
Communication skills allow the individual or entities to communicate effectively in
all situations thereby yielding efficacious results. Communication skills involve the transfer
of information of consequence from one place to the other either through the use of vocals,
written prose which may be achieved through magazines, books, emails or social media and
websites as well as journals , visual guide such as charts, videos, maps, logos, graphs or
PowerPoint presentations amongst others , or non-verbal communication that can be
undertaken through the use of sign language or through variations in tone and pitch for easier
comprehension by the target audience. Communication skills are therefore used to measure
how effectively these modes of communication achieve the mandate accorded to them.
Impeccable communication skills are necessary as they m...