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Friday, August 31, 2012

Citical Thinking and Communication: Top Three Things Learned


Top Three Things Learned
by a student (name withheld) Spring, 2012 

NOTE: REFERENCES ARE SAMPLE OF APA STYLE CITATIONS. 

The most significant things this author learned about critical thinking were the comments provided by Professor Lynch. That is because his comments challenged this author to look beyond the boundaries of the text book and allowed Ms. Henning to see critical thinking applied. Following are the top three:
1.     Professor Lynch encourages using one’s ego to advantage (Ruggiero, 2012, p. 185). In the “Strategies to Develop Critical Thinking” exercise, the professor provided these comments: “Egocentrism is difficult to deal with. In some cases over thinking can feed egocentrism. It may be useful to realize that egocentrism is part of how our brains work naturally. How would developing the skill of empathy help with our tendency toward egocentricism?”
2.     Regarding the “Detecting Media Bias” paper, the professor demonstrated the significance of curiosity (Ruggiero, 2012, p. 111). In his comments he said, “But why did the writer pick these three [threats]? What was the focus of the article? Was it news or a commentary? Was it public relations or marketing based? What was the focus and purpose of the story? Which publication? Who pays for it? Who edits the publication? What is the target readership? All these and more must be considered in critical thinking about content.”
3.     Pertaining to the assignment “Problem Solving Process,” the professor highlighted possible deficiencies when refining solutions (Ruggiero, 2012, pp. 201-203): “Quite often a solution may be logical and ‘faultless’ on paper, but execution will run into barriers, particularly when you’re dealing with people. This is where the ‘buy in’ is important.” 


Ruggiero, V. (2012). The art of Thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

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