INDIVSTU 4196 Interdisciplinary Readings: Critical Thinking in a Democratic Society

Critical thinking is a guide to evaluate information, whether it be planning a community needs assessment, providing program evaluation, deciding who to vote for in a national or local election, marshalling evidence in persuading a co-worker or a supervisor or gaining information when buying a car. Critical thinking, also called reflective thinking, has also been described as “thinking about thinking” where a person compares their thinking (or someone else thinking) to intellectual standards (e.g., descriptive assumptions).

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Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. 2011. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Paul, R. & Elder, L. Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life. 2012. Boston, MA: Pearson.

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