Critical Thinking

What is Critical Thinking?

The concept of critical thinking is derived from ancient roots in Greek. The word ’’critical’’ derives etymologically from two Greek roots: “kriticos” (meaning discerning judgment) and “kriterion” (meaning standards). Etymologically, then, the word implies the development of “discerning judgment based on standards.” 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. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.

A well cultivated thinker:

  • Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely 
  • Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively 
  • Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards 
  • Thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences 
  • Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems

How Critical Thinking Pertains to your Teen

A Case Study

Heather A. Butler started research to explore whether critical thinking ability or intelligence (IQ) was a better predictor of real life events. Community adults and college students completed a critical thinking assessment, an intelligence test, and an inventory of life events. 

The Halpern Critical Thinking Assessment (HCTA) was used to measure critical thinking ability. The assessment measures five facets of critical thinking including: (a) verbal reasoning, (b) argument analysis, (c) hypothesis testing, (d) likelihood and uncertainty, and (e) problem solving. The INSBAT was used to measure intelligence, which can measure up to 14 facets of intelligence, but for the purposes of this research – they tested fluid intelligence, crystalized intelligence, visual processing, quantitative reasoning, short-term memory, and long term memory. 

And the real-world outcomes (RWO) inventory was used to measure the proportion of negative life events experienced by the participants. The self report inventory measures life negative life events from many domains (e.g., interpersonal, work, financial, health, education). These life events vary in severity from mildly negative (e.g., paying late fees for a movie rental) to severely negative (e.g., contracting a sexually transmitted disease because you did not wear a condom). 

Results – The research found that individuals with high critical thinking skills reported fewer negative life events. It also found that individuals with high intelligence reported fewer life events. Although, interestingly enough, critical thinking more strongly predicted life events than intelligence and significantly added to the variance explained by IQ. The good news is there is ample evidence that critical thinking can be taught, so there is hope that teaching critical thinking skills might prevent the occurrence of negative events.

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Proven and Predicted Outcomes of High Critical Thinkers

Good Decision Making

Good Communicator

Enhances Language and Presentation Skills

Promotes Creativity

Think smarter, live better.

Teenage Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program

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LogoLife's forward-thinking curriculum inspired by world renowned organizations and researchers, educating young adults through the 6 Step Dream System™ which helps students identify their passions, strengthen their mindsets, understand purpose, improve creativity, learn the economics of the 4th industrial revolution, and skills like managing time & energy in order to set and achieve goals.

Teenage Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program

Learn the system on how you can apply your unique self to this new economy and make an impact on the world doing something you love.

First class on January 30th

Age Range: 15+

Age Range: 11-14

*set up a call for more details

What your teen will learn

  • Identifying their passions
  • Strengthening their mindsets
  • Understanding purpose
  • Improving creativity
  • Understanding the economics & value creation
  • How to manage their time & energy to set and achieve their goals

How it works

  • 1 hour classes - 2x a week
  • 1 on 1 with instructor
  • Student Collaboration

Description

LogoLife's mission is to equip the world with a system to dream & achieve. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship program is made to help young adults make an impact in the economy doing things they love.

LogoLife's forward-thinking curriculum inspired by world renowned organizations and researchers, educating young adults through the 6 Step Dream System™ which helps students identify their passions, strengthen their mindsets, understand purpose, improve creativity, learn the economics of the 4th industrial revolution, and skills like managing time & energy in order to set and achieve goals.

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