Basic Elements of Critical Thinking

What is Critical Thinking Cloud WCTL


A set of information and beliefs, generating and processing skills, and the habit of using those skills to guide behavior.


Ask questions and follow the evidence


Able to make judgements amid uncertainty


Strive to be well-informed on a wide range of topics

Confident in Reasoning

Trustful of own skills to make good judgements


Organized and thoughtful problem solving


Identify potential consequences of decisions


Tolerant of different views and sensitive to own biases

Important Critical Thinking Skills WCTL


While there is no official standard list of the skills that make up critical thinking, here is the list of core characteristics that we like best!


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