Researchers identified six predictable levels of critical thinkers:
Using your mind more effectively is not automatic. Moving up on this pyramid of thinking is dependent on developing your critical thinking skills.
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The higher-level thinker has strong habits. They can analyze their thinking with insight. They can spot some of the prejudicial aspects of their thinking and of others. They possess:
People at this intellectual stage are aware of the importance of thinking and know that the lack of thinking can result in major issues.
Thinkers at this level can look to take control of their thinking across areas of their lives. They know their thinking can have blind spots, but initially take limited steps to address that.
This super-thinker is in control of how they process information and make decisions. They always seek to improve their thinking skills.
They not only recognize their own deficiencies but have the skills to address them.
To get to this stage, it is important to gain intellectual perseverance.
These are people who don't reflect on thinking nor consider the consequences of not thinking. Their prejudices and misconceptions lead them.
They do not consistently apply standards like accuracy, relevance, precision, and logic.
Critical thinking is described as a mode of thinking where the thinker improves the quality of their thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it.
Another definition describes critical thinking as a way to examine assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, and judge conclusions.
Employers need critical thinkers, but they cannot find them.
Focussing on knowledge only in college does not seem to help. Neither does it help to only focus on intellectual and cognitive skills.
Critical thinking is learning how to use knowledge.
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