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DS 3006 Critical Thinking
Chong Shear LeenDS3006 Critical ThinkingMs. Shariffah Bahyah27
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November 2009The Grade I Deserve for the Critical Thinking CourseAt the beginning of this semester, we were asked by lecturer what Critical Thinking is, but most of us do not know what it is or maybe there are some students do know but just that they do notspeak out their answer, therefore none of us answer this question. According to her, it is to let uslearn how to think from a different point of view. At first I am thinking, why should I take thissubject, as it is not related to the course which I choose to study (I am taking Business andHospitality Course). Educational system nowadays for primary schools and secondary schools arenormally provided with memorization-based education, students are expected to absorb thatinformation passively then repeat what they memorize in the test or examination paper. Accordingto Bassham, G. et al. (2008), ‘…is to teach students how to thinkthat is, how to becomeindependent, self-educated thinkers and learners.’ Without the ability to think critically, everysituation that a person comes across would have to be considered in isolation from all other situations. When a person encounters a problem that is a new one, he or she may able to usecritical thinking to solve those problems. Therefore, the grade in my mind, that I deserve to get for this subject, is grade B because of the academic performance and the effort that I will put duringmy exam time.The marks that I have for my test is 66 over 100, while the marks I got for my mid-termexamination is 12.9 over 20. Besides, I attended all the class since the beginning of this semester,I never miss a class. I will continue with full attendance, until this semester end, if nothingunexpected happens. Therefore, until now, I have got 8.2 marks over 10 marks for attendance.The coursework marks which include test and mid-term examination that I have known so far aremarks 40 over 60, and I have had marks 27.7 out of 40. I will get 29.5 out of 40 with a fullattendance that worth total 10 marks. In order for me to get at least 65 marks, or grade B in thissubject, I still need to gain another extra 35.5 marks in the final paper and final exam. According tothe prediction for the result in final paper and final exam which base on my test and mid-semester examination result, I will get 12 marks for my final paper and 25 marks for my final examination. Byadding up this forecast result in final paper and final examination and the marks that I have got in
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the 40 percent coursework marks, I will get a total of 66.5 marks, which over the minimumrequirement for grade B, which I deserve to get in my mind.Stated in Huber, D. (2006, pg 134.), the root of concept of critical thinking can be traces toSocrates, the ancient Greek philosopher.’…It is important to ask deep questions and probe intothinking sequence, seek evidence, closely examine reasoning and assumptions, analyze basicconcept, and trace out implications’. People often cannot rationally think of the solution for problemof it is related or even not related to them due to our self-belief, the limited knowledge and theeducational system which is too narrow for us to think in different dimension. After I have studycritical thinking, it helps me in better thinking, and I know that this skill will assist me to survivebetter in my future career because that is the reason why I am studying here. I have absorbedknowledge such as to review an article by evaluating its argument, does it support by point which isvalid or cogent, is the argument follows logical correctness and more. We do practice to refute theargument with our point in order to understand better about the critical thinking skills that we havelearnt in class. However, the part which I like most is categorical logic and propositional logic.Though is it not easy to solve the questions sometimes, but I feel like I am attending mathematicalclass when lecturer teaching these 2 chapter, which is more akin to practice skills if compare toother chapter that need better English language knowledge. These 2 chapters assist me to studycritical thinking better and easier because it is a formal system which allows me to determinewhether a sentence or argument is logic or not. Hence, it will help me to gain a better grade incritical thinking because I will try my best for higher marks in final paper and final examination.Due to the moderate performance in the test and mid-term examination, I would therefore forecastmy result for this essay to be moderate as well. As stated in Craver, K. W. (1999, pg.3.), ‘…Criticalthinking reflects self-regulation of the thought process’. Lecturer may teach us what critical thinkingis, and the process to apply all the skills. We, who as a student, are the one that should learn allthe knowledge because lecturer cannot be with us until the end of the day, or at least they are notallowed to be with us during examination period. I do admit that I am not that good in Englishwriting skills because of my poor grammar and lack of reading, and I cannot improve much within amonth, therefore I probably cannot gain higher marks in final paper. However, I will need to obtainat least 63 marks in final examination in order to achieve the grade that I wish to deserve. I amquite confidence with the diagramming part, categorical reasoning part and propositional logic.Though I am not so good in paraphrasing, inductive reasoning, recognising arguments, andfallacies, but I do believe that if I will do better by practice more. I probably will gain more than half of the points in final examination paper for section A which is multiple-choice question part thatcontribute 30 out of 100 marks, and section B which is categorical reasoning, propositional logicand inductive reasoning part that contribute 30 out of 100 marks.
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Critical thinking skill is one of the skills that can be implement in the future career for greater success if compare to those who did not learn Critical Thinking before. Stated in Regal, P.J. (1990,pg.80.) ‘ …critical thinking skills are also important from the individual’s point of view, if only interms of his or her relative ability to compete and survive’. Knowledge is powerful, if we have theskills to use it correctly. Millionaires could live without their elite schools certificate or their property,but intelligence were their main assets as they could not manage to reach the stage of millionairewithout their poor judgement in their business. After studying critical thinking for a semester, withthe knowledge that I have gained in the class and self-reading, therefore I do have the confidencethat I deserve to get B in critical thinking subject due to the support point that provided in this essayand also with the perseverance that I will study hard for final examination.(1,192 words)Reference:Bassham, G., Irwin, W., Nardone, H., & Wallace, James. M. (2008). Critical Thinking: A Student’sIntroduction. (3
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ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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“Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.” (Michael Scriven & Richard Paul) It is based on values that go above and beyond for clarity, precision, consistency, relevance. good reasons etc…It examines all reasoning and purpose. Questioning leads to clearer and well thought out conclusions less consequences and allows you to view things from alternative viewpoints. Critical thinking can allow someone to process a situation, and guide you to a better decision. Critical thinking guides a persons behavior and actions towards different situations These actions vary according to the motivation behind it. Critical thinking of any kind is never the same in any person.

Everyone is subject to irrational thought. Its depth, among other things, in a given situation will determine the level of thought someone will put in the situation. No one is a critical thinker at all times but only with time and self awareness one would be more likely to change there behaviors. This is a self-guided and self motivating trait. You will see it more in someone trying to live more reasonably. It allows you to think more clearly and rationally. Critical thinking can help us acquire knowledge, and improve our theories. We use critical thinking to enhance work processes and improve social interactions. By using this method you are looking at the big picture and not just focusing on what is right in front of you. “ Critical thinking operates on a higher level processing information, conseeding alternative points of view or reasonable objectives and arriving at a decision or making a conclusion.” (Abitheira)

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“Active, persistent and careful consideration of a belief or supposed form of knowledge in light of the grounds that support it, and the further conclusions to which it tends.” (John Dewey, 1909)

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