Critical thinking is a cognitive activity, associated with using the mind. Learning to think in critically analytical and evaluative ways means using mental processes such as attention, categorisation, selection, and judgement. However, many people who have the potential to develop more effective critical thinking can be prevented from doing so for a variety of reasons apart from a lack of ability. In particular, personal and emotional, or ‘affective’, reasons can create barriers. You are invited to consider, in this book, how far such barriers could be affecting your own thinking abilities and how you will manage these.
This Book gives you opportunities to:
• understand what critical thinking is
• recognise some of the benefits associated with critical thinking skills
• recognise the personal qualities associated with critical thinking
• recognise barriers to the development of good critical thinking skills
• assess your current understanding of critical thinking and identify your priorities for improvement
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