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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the careful and deliberate evaluation of ideas or information for the purpose of making a judgment about their worth or value: It is the ability to construct and evaluate arguments. (McWhorter)

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Uses of Critical Thinking
Critically evaluating the logic and validity of information
Recognizing Propaganda Techniques and Errors of Faulty Logic
Developing the ability to analyze historical and contemporary information
Recognizing various viewpoints
Appreciating the complexities involved in decision-making and problem solving
Being a Responsible Critical Thinker &Collaborating with others



McWhorter, K.T. (1992). Study and Thinking Skills in College (Second Ed.). Harper Collins Publishers.

CNN Debate Series (Gays in the Military and Education Reform)

Mather, P., & McCarthy, R. (1999). Reading and All That Jazz. Tuning MR your Reading, Thinking. and Study Skills. McGraw Hill Publishers.


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