Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking – Rethinking Complexity   Leave a comment

“At the core, critical thinking is about recognizing and challenging beliefs and assumptions, in a way that constructively brings them into conversation to be considered, given the context of the time or situation.  Some say that it is the process of thinking about thinking, or becoming aware of how we think about something to the point that we can consider whether that thinking is serving us well.  And it provides the space and opportunity for different points of view to be considered.

Two important competencies for critical thinking are an understanding of systems and cultural contexts and asking powerful, thought provoking questions.  We cannot think critically about something if our frame of reference is narrow.  We need to be knowledgeable of the context and the systemic interactions and dynamic relationships that are at play.  This skill of systems thinking develops as we focus our attention more on the relational dynamics rather than just the observable behavior.”

via Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking – Rethinking Complexity.

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Posted June 10, 2011 by arnoneumann in Critical Thinking

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