Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Critical thinking involves asking questions, defining a problem, examining evidence, analyzing assumptions and biases, avoiding emotional reasoning, avoiding oversimplification, considering other interpretations, and tolerating ambiguity. Dealing with ambiguity is also seen by Strohm & Baukus (1995) as an essential part of critical thinking, "Ambiguity and doubt serve a critical-thinking function and are a necessary and even a productive part of the process".
Key Learning Points:
- Identify the Problem. The first task is to determine if a problem exists.
- Analyze the problem, look at it from different angles.
- Brainstorm and come up with a several possible solutions.
- Decide which solution fits the situation best.
- Take action.