Critical thinking is "a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion." (The American Association of Colleges and Universities) It is also one of the most highly sought-after competencies for employers, but it is not always formally taught in college. It can be hard to practice good judgment in the face of a constantly-refreshing torrent of opinions and information. Learn how to explore perspectives, evaluate data, and make sound decisions.
You will be coached on:
recognizing different perspectives and biases
evaluating forms of evidence in others' analyses
identifying relevant contexts
locating and evaluating sources of information
asking diagnostic questions
developing and strengthening information literacy skills
Participants will develop fundamental skills for understanding complex issues, judging the strength and limitations of diverse interpretations of those issues, and determining their own positions.
They will write two argumentative essays consistent with expectations for college writing.