The outcome of a critical thinking process is to produce one’s own argument for one’s own
conclusion. The four skills which are required for this are as follows:
Categorising information; decoding conventions; clarifying meaning.
Detecting and analysing arguments to identify their structure, conclusion, premises (and missing premises) and logical relations; sorting out irrelevant material.
Judging the truth of statements, the credibility of sources and the strength/validity of arguments; anticipating objections and how additional information might affect an argument.
Supporting premises; formal and informal reasoning; presenting arguments and drawing conclusions; considering alternatives; justifying methods.
We believe in the values of critical thinking.
Focussing on the problem; being clear, precise, well-argued, well-structured and succinct.
Seeking the truth or the best decision; representing information honestly; being willing to change opinion.
Being curious and questioning; seeking alternative points of view.
Thinking for yourself; going beyond the easy answer.