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Stages of Critical Thinking

Part 1: Stages of Critical Thinking

Complete the matrix by identifying the four beginning stages of critical thinking as detailed in Critical Thinking.

Stages of critical thinking Stage description The Unreflective Thinker The unreflective thinker is unaware of significant problems in their thinking, and has poor thinking patterns. The Challenged Thinker The challenged thinker is aware of the problems in their thinking. The Beginning Thinker Beginning Thinkers make an attempt to improve their thinking skills but without regular practice. The Practicing Thinker Practicing Thinkers recognize the changes that should be made, and the necessity of regular practice.
Part 2: Your Thinking

Write a 75- to 150-word explanation of your current level of critical-thinking development, and explain why you placed yourself at that stage.

After reviewing the stages of critical thinking, I think that I am a Beginning Thinker. I feel that there are some flaws that I need to tend to so that it betters my thinking skills academically and professionally. However, Iíve been able to analyze problems and situations, and determine how certain decisions and actions make them better. In most cases, have been able to solve a problem with confidence in my choices, and have had the results work in my favor. I have been told to have great potential and I feel that it is true, but do not have the confidence or drive to get out of my comfort zone and develop my unknown skills. I am hoping that I can find the confidence and the tools and techniques needed to expand my current skillset, and develop more useful and efficient ones.

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