Critical Thinking By The 1987 National Council For Excellence

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What is critical thinking you ask? Well, according to the definition offered by the 1987 National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking – Critical thinking can be said to be the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action (Greene Pg.1). Another definition from the foundation of critical thinking and the critical thinking community, states that “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” (Elder). Peter Greene asserts that critical thinking is social and personal. He also agrees that for one to become a critical thinker, one must also think critically. Therefore, if critical thinking is self-directed and monitored, does that mean that we all have the capacity to think critically? Can our level of critical thinking be measured and fostered? If so, what differentiates entrepreneurs as critical thinkers compared to their employees, subordinates and the ordinary non critical thinking guy on the sidewalk?
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