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Thinking Skills Thinking skills are the mental activities you use to process information, make connections, make decisions, and create new ideas.
Everybody has thinking skills, but not everyone uses them effectively. Effective thinking skills are developed over a period of time. Good thinkers see possibilities where others see only obstacles or roadblocks.
Good thinkers are able to make connection between various factors and be able to tie them together. They are also able to develop new and unique solutions to problems. Thinking refers to the process of creating a logical series of connective facets between items of information.
Often times, thinking just happens automatically. However, there are times when you consciously think. It may be about how to solve a problem or making a decision.
Thinking enables you to connect and integrate new experiences into your existing understanding and perception of how things are. The simplest thinking skills are learning facts and recall, while higher order skills include analysis, synthesis, problem solving, and evaluation.
Core Thinking Skills Thinking skills are cognitive operations or processes that are the building blocks of thinking. There are several core thinking skills including focusing, organizing, analyzing, evaluating and generating.
Connecting — making connections between related items or pieces of information. Compiling — putting parts together to form a whole or building a structure or pattern from diverse elements.
Bringing facts and data together from various sources and then applying logic and knowledge to solve problems or to make informed decisions.
Breaking a topic apart to explore its various components and then generating new ideas and solutions. Analysis and evaluation of information, beliefs, or knowledge. Generation of new ideas breaking from established thoughts, theories, rules, and procedures.
Metacognition Thinking about thinking is called Metacognition. It is a higher order thinking that enables understanding, analysis, and control of your cognitive processes. It can involve planning, monitoring, assessing, and evaluating your use of your cognitive skills.From Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, Winter, Vol.
XVI, No. 2. by Linda Elder. Emotional intelligence is a topic that is attracting a considerable amount of popular attention. Some of the discussion is, in my view, superficial and misleading.
Critical thinking is thinking about things in certain ways so as to arrive at the best possible solution in the circumstances that the thinker is aware of. In more everyday language, it is a way of thinking about whatever is presently occupying your mind so that you come to the best possible conclusion.
This paper examines three critical-thinking styles- emotional, logical and scientific. Comparing and contrasting these three styles is the purpose for writing this paper, as well as to show how each style affects the critical-thinking process.
"Critical thinking is thinking that assesses itself" (Center for Critical Thinking, b). "Critical thinking is the ability to think about one's thinking in such a way as 1.
To recognize its strengths and weaknesses and, as a result, 2. Optimistic, Pessimistic, and Emotional Thinking Styles In critical thinking, one of the most important aspects to recognize is the influence of human factors in how thought processing occurs.
Critical Thinking Styles Compared and Contrasted. I need to compare and contrast these types of thinking styles (Emotional, Logical & Optimistic) and comment .