What is critical thinking? essay question

Find three sources that discuss critical thinking. One source should be from the assigned and/or optional readings, (course material), and the other two should be found through your own research. Read the three sources, and consider how they define critical thinking.

In 300-500 words, explain your own personal definition of critical thinking. Keep the following guidelines in mind:

  1. Select a direct quote from one of your resources to include in your explanation.
  2. A reference page that documents the three sources you found (and any other resources you used) is required. Remember, all outside sources must be cited both in-text and on your reference page.
  3. The articles you found in your research may influence your definition, but your own ideas should be evident. In other words, your process should be: a) Read some definitions and descriptions of critical thinking; b) Comprehend or digest the information; and c) Write your own definition of critical thinking.

(Note: Do not simply reword the definitions you read. Consider a new way to explain what you understand critical thinking to be.)

in text reference 

Defining Critical
Thinking (Optional)
Read “Defining Critical Thinking,” located on The Critical Thinking Community Web site
Critical Thinking in Everyday Life: 9 Strategies (Optional)
Read “Critical Thinking in Everyday Life:
9 Strategies,” located on The Critical Thinking
Community Web
Thinking Critically: First Stage
Explore “Thinking Critically: First
on the Study Guides and Strategies Web site
How Do You Need to Change (Optional)