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Focusing on these can put you on the path to becoming an exceptional critical thinker.The first step in the critical thinking process is to identify the situation or problem as well as the factors that may influence it.By this I mean the habit of constantly checking one’s views against evidence from the real world, and the courage to change positions if better explanations come along. When you drop a book, it will fall on the floor — a single-cause event. In his seminal book, Expert Political Judgment, Philip Tetlock followed Isaiah Berlin in distinguishing between hedgehogs, who know one big thing and apply that understanding to everything around them, and foxes, who know many small things and pragmatically apply a “grab bag” of knowledge to make modest predictions about the world. Perhaps the most common and dangerous of these is confirmation bias, the tendency to seek out information in accordance with our previous views and ignore or dismiss information contrary to those views.

Focusing on these can put you on the path to becoming an exceptional critical thinker.The first step in the critical thinking process is to identify the situation or problem as well as the factors that may influence it.By this I mean the habit of constantly checking one’s views against evidence from the real world, and the courage to change positions if better explanations come along. When you drop a book, it will fall on the floor — a single-cause event. In his seminal book, Expert Political Judgment, Philip Tetlock followed Isaiah Berlin in distinguishing between hedgehogs, who know one big thing and apply that understanding to everything around them, and foxes, who know many small things and pragmatically apply a “grab bag” of knowledge to make modest predictions about the world. Perhaps the most common and dangerous of these is confirmation bias, the tendency to seek out information in accordance with our previous views and ignore or dismiss information contrary to those views.

In it he summarizes his recent keynote speech at the 9th Annual Critical Thinking and Innovative Education Conference in Beijing, China.

D., Measured Reasons LLC, is presented as part of Insight Assessment's commitment to advancing critical thinking worldwide.

Facione particularly enjoyed the discussions about the role of educators in teaching students how to improve their critical thinking skills.

The ability to think empirically, not theoretically. The ability to think in terms of multiple, rather than single, causes. An expanding literature in psychology and behavioral economics suggests that we are full of unconscious biases, and a failure to understand these biases contributes to poor decision-making.

The same holds true for the spread of scores on vital critical thinking dispositional attributes, like truth-seeking.

Educators can gather objective data online using powerful assessment tools like the CCTST, BCTST, HSRT, and CCTDI.

The highly formal, top-down, methods of teaching brittle content do not work as methods of teaching for critical thinking.

Critical thinking is developed bottom-up, for reflection on realistic examples and authentic problems.

This recounting of the 50-year journey to define, teach, and measure critical thinking begins at the end, with assessment.

Empirical data show there are large differences between critical thinking skills even in fairly homogeneous samples, like college students.

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