3250 – Questioning Techniques


I really liked watching this video. Thank you for sharing it.  It led me to do some research regarding thinking critically about critical thinking.  I found this very interesting report that provides a deeper understanding of such thinking. I would like to share the part that I’ve attached at the end of this discussion.  I wanted to highlight that critical thinking is a part of our last forum of being a self-directed/discipline/monitored/determined learner.  Such learners do not stop at route processing of information. They question and think and critically evaluate their learnings (heutagogy).    Like Melissa mentioned (as in PIDP 3100), learners constantly change their beliefs and understanding by critical thinking.

Critical Thinking is that mode of thinking—about any subject, content, or problem—in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by  skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It pre-supposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentricism and sociocentrism.

Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way. People who think critically consistently attempt to live rationally, reasonably, empathetically. They are keenly aware of the inherently flawed nature of human thinking when left unchecked …They use the intellectual tools that critical thinking offers— concepts and principles that enable them to analyze, assess, and improve thinking.  They work diligently to develop the intellectual virtues of intellectual integrity, intellectual humility, intellectual civility, intellectual empathy, intellectual sense of justice and confidence in reason.”

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