The goal of this course is to help you become a better critical thinker, which will help you as a student and in your everyday life. In this first week, we are looking at the elements of critical thinking, characteristics of a critical thinker, and barriers to critical thinking.
After completing the Learning Activities for the week, please respond to all the inquiries below. Your response should be a minimum of 175 words total (approx. 50 words per question).
- Based on this week’s reading and activities, how would you define critical thinking?
- What are some characteristics of a critical thinker?
- What do you see as common barriers to critical thinking, and how might people overcome or avoid those barriers?
- Reflect on the learning activities, concepts, ideas, and topics covered this week. Discuss the most interesting activity or concept you learned this week and mention any concepts that are still a bit confusing to you or that you have questions about.