> CRITICAL THINKING
Critical thinking is a mode of engaging with any content in an analytical and reflective way, where the thinker seeks to understand through an expansive examination of the subject’s or problem’s existing characteristics and larger contextual relationships.
Prizing the explorative pursuit of deeper knowledge over surface level comprehension, the critical thinker improves the quality of their own thinking through a disciplined cycle of analysis and reflection. This practice has a cumulative effect, and over time, the critical thinker’s ability to process a subject’s complexity is nurtured and enhanced.
While it is necessary to be self-motivated and directed, a critical thinker also understands that interpersonal communication and collaboration amplifies the possibilities of how the subject can be best understood. It is a process for problem-solving, but more significantly, a way of “seeing for oneself” and engaging in the world.