Critical Thinking Recap

The round table discussion on Critical Thinking held on 18 May 2024 and facilitated by AWiB’s very own Project Coordinator, Betelhem Yimer, was insightful and reflective. The session began with the attendees introducing themselves and sharing some details about their background. Following this, Betelhem outlined the agenda for the day and delved into the topic of critical thinking, emphasizing its significance in various aspects of our lives.

Critical thinking is a process of self-guided, disciplined thinking that aims to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded manner. It is a mode of thinking applicable to any subject, content, or problem, where the thinker actively enhances the quality of their thinking by skillfully engaging with the inherent structures of thought and applying intellectual standards to them. It involves being skeptical and questioning assumptions, rather than simply memorizing facts or accepting information blindly.

A critical thinker should ask questions such as: what, why, who, how, where, and when?

Why is critical thinking important?

  • It improves the overall quality of life.
  • It empowers individuals.
  • It boosts confidence.
  • It encourages independent thinking.
  • It drives change and challenges the status quo.
  • It prevents being taken advantage of.
  • It enhances decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • It fosters strong analytical and communication abilities.
  • It leads to trusted judgment.
  • Critical thinking consists of essential components like inference, recognizing and analyzing assumptions thoroughly, applying logical interpretation, and evaluating the strength of arguments.
  • It proves useful in data analysis, conflict resolution, brainstorming solutions to problems, and customer service.
  • Engaging in activities such as reading, writing, playing chess or other mind-stimulating games, maintaining an open mind, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, practicing empathy, clarity of mind, and embracing a positive outlook all contribute to improving critical thinking skills.
  • Critical thinking is a skill that can be developed by honing information-receiving abilities, fostering clarity of thought, challenging assumptions, and cultivating beneficial mental habits.

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