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Critical Thinking Mindset

Activity Type



30-60 Minnutes


Medium 12 - 30


Critical Thinking

About the Activity



Step 1:

Choose a topic to bring into your critical thinking evaluation.

Step 2:

Below you will find broad and versatile Critical Thinking Questions to apply to your topic of choice.Process: Ask these questions when you discover or discuss new information.These are broad and versatile questions that have limitless applications.Use a pen and paper to write out your questions and answers, or use a computer if you choose.

Step 3:

WHOBenefits from this?
Is this harmful to?
Makes decisions about this?
Is more directly affected?
Have you heard discuss this?
Would be the best person to consult?
Will be the key people in this?
Deserves recognition for this?

Step 4:

WHATAre the strengths/weaknesses?
Is another perspective?
Is another alternative?
Would be a counter-argument?
Is the best/worst case scenario?
Is the most/least important?
Can we do to make a positive change?
Is getting in the way of our actions?

Step 5:

WHEREWould we see this in the real world?
Are there similar concepts/situation?
Is there the most need for this?
In the world would this be a problem?
Can we get more information?
Do we go for help with this?
Will this idea take us?
Are the areas for improvement?

Step 6:

WHENIs this acceptable/unacceptable?
Would this benefit our society?
Would this cause a problem?
Is the best time to take action?
Will we know we’ve succeeded?
Has this played a part in our history?
Can we expect this to change?
Should we ask for help with this?

Step 7:

WHYIs this a problem/challenge?
Is it relevant to me/others?
In this the best/worst scenario?
Are people influenced by this?
Should people know about this?
Has it been this way for so long?
Have we allowed this to happen?
Is there a need for this today?

Step 8:

HOWIs this similar to _________?
Does this disrupt things?
Do we know the truth about this?
Will we approach this safely?
Does this benefit us/others?
Does this harm us/others?
Do we see this in the future?
Can we change this for our good?

Step 9:

A critical thinking mindset could be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.In essence, critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.Critical thinkers question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value. They seek to determine whether the ideas, arguments and findings represent the entire picture - and are open to finding out if they don't.Critical thinkers will identify, analyse and solve problems systematically rather than by intuition or instinct only.

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