What is Critical Thinking?

Critical Thinking is an interesting term used to describe a certain ability to use aspects of cognition such as analysis, synthesis, interpretation in relation to a certain stimulus or given material. In Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, the importance of the ability to critically think is stressed right off the bat. On page 2 the importance of the ability to critically think in the labor market is stressed. Having critically thinking skills has now become one of the basic requirements for many jobs today. Now that critical thinking has become so vital to modern economic survival the issue is if the students who come to college to learn and develop such skills are actually doing so. There is concern that the culture of college interferes with the cultivating of such skills. I think it is difficult to truly measure one’s critical thinking skills because I think that such an ability is always evolving and the term itself is highly subjective so figuring out a way to test whether or not someone has critical thinking skills is not so clear.


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