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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Critical Thinking Questions



© 2006 Foundation for Critical Thinking www.criticalthinking.org


Clarity
Could you elaborate further?
Could you give me an example?
Could you illustrate what you mean?

Accuracy
How could we check on that?
How could we find out if that is true?
How could we verify or test that?

Precision
Could you be more specific?
Could you give me more details?
Could you be more exact?

Relevance
How does that relate to the problem?
How does that bear on the question?
How does that help us with the issue?

Depth
What factors make this a difficult problem?
What are some of the complexities of this question?
What are some of the difficulties we need to deal with?

Breadth
Do we need to look at this from another perspective?
Do we need to consider another point of view?
Do we need to look at this in other ways?

Logic
Does all this make sense together?
Does your first paragraph fit in with your last?
Does what you say follow from the evidence?

Significance
Is this the most important problem to consider?
Is this the central idea to focus on?
Which of these facts are most important?

Fairness
Do I have any vested interest in this issue?
Am I sympathetically representing the viewpoints
of others?

11 comments:

Iuliia Decker / BC 6003 said...

I use almost all of these questions. And that ones that I do not, I wrote down already ))

Anonymous said...

These questions not only help us in our speeches or in writings for other classes, but they can help us develop our thinking skills outside of school.

Angelina Gomez
HN 4041

Cassandra Smith BC6003 said...

All of these concepts are extremely helpful while giving a speech or even communicating with your friends. We use these skills in and out of communications class everyday even if we don't realize it.
Cassandra Smith
Com101 BC6003

Anonymous said...

I took a critical thinking class and it definitely made you question everything. I try to think like this more often in everyday life.
Kali Com 6003

Tiffany M. said...

I find critical thinking to be one of the most important tools anyone can use on a daily basis. It's almost as if you are using your common sense, but hey, not everyone has that either. lol

Anonymous said...

These are good questions. I can see how they could assist the speaker in preparing, rehearsing, and presenting their speech and the audience while watching the presentation or during the question and answer part of the speech I keep hearing about. I also like how they're all worded in a way that won't offend the person being asked.

Rebecca Johnson 4049

Sarah Lindekugel 4049 Com said...

Taking notes off blogs "this girl right here" :-)very useful information.

Anonymous said...

These are good questions to ask. I especially like the clarity questions. Sometimes when we ask someone for clairification on something, if we dont say it correctly or in an understandable way, the message could get misconstrued. When we use quesitons like "Can you elaborate further", it gives a more exact explanation of what you are seeking towards an answer.

Joseph Contreras HN 4049 COM

Christina Ortega COM101-4049 said...

Oh this is going to very useful in helping me complete a thorough paper or speech. Unfortunately there were many improvements that needed to be made on one of my papers simply by asking myself and following through these questions thanks!!

shung lee said...

I've been looking for something like this!!!perfect!!

Anonymous said...

I agree. Very useful questions. I should start thinking more critical.

Andrew Govea Com 101-4049