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Strategies for critical thinking in learning and project management

Critical thinking studies a topic or problem with open-mindedness. This exercise outlines the first stage of applying a critical thinking approach to developing and understanding a topic. You will:
  • Develop a statement of the topic
  • List what you understand, what you’ve been told and what opinions you hold about it
  • Identify resources available for research
  • Define timelines and due dates and how they affect the development of your study
  • Print the list as your reference
Here is more on the first stage: Define your destination, what you want to learn Clarify or verify with your teacher or an “expert” on your subject Topics can be simple phrases: “The role of gender in video game playing” “Causes of the war before 1939” “Mahogany trees in Central America” “Plumbing regulations in the suburbs” “Regions of the human brain”
  • Develop your frame of reference, your starting point, by listing what you already know about the subject
  • What opinions and prejudices do you already have about this? What have you been told, or read about, this topic?
  • What resources are available to you for research When gathering information, keep an open mind Look for chance resources that pop up! Play the “reporter” and follow leads If you don’t seem to find what you need, ask librarians or your teacher.
  • How does your timeline and due dates affect your research? Keep in mind that you need to follow a schedule. Work back from the due date and define stages of development, not just with this first phase, but in completing the whole project.
Summary of critical thinking:
  • Determine the facts of a new situation or subject without prejudice
  • Place these facts and information in a pattern so that you can understand them
  • Accept or reject the source values and conclusions based upon your experience, judgment, and beliefs

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Mary Jane Go has been teaching English for over 13 years. She believes that it is very important to learn English and learn it by heart. For her, it's always the right time for a dance party and that hanging out with friends is indispensable.

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