Critical thinking is a valuable tool that is used in every aspect of life. There is always a problem to be solved or an important decision to be made. Defining and understanding critical thinking can be helpful when it comes to figuring out a valuable solution to an issue. Critical thinking allows a person to make informed and valuable decisions.
According to Ehrhardt (2011) I can define critical thinking as figuring out a myriad of information and making an informed decision about the information. Another source defines critical thinking as thinking clearly and logically about an issue and methodically solving the problem. Finally, from our in-course text book, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (2011) I can define critical thinking as seeking information dissecting the information and understanding it to be able to define its relevance or significance.
From what I can gather from all the resources about critical thinking is this. Critical thinking is a method that helps people see issues from all angles. Once all of the information that you have available has been evaluated you are able to find alternate approaches to solve a problem than what you may have initially thought. The ultimate goal of critical thinking is to gain a valuable understanding, figure out different points of view and finally solve a problem. There are many different things that come into play when discussing the definition of critical thinking. All of which are key components in becoming a good critical thinker. All in all to be a good critical thinker and to understand how critical thinking works you must learn the components of problem solving, decision making, and reasoning just to say the least. Critical thinking is used in every area of life and there is a greater understanding of it that is not often realized even when it is being used. In a lot of ways, the fact that we use critical thinking without even being aware of it can be very useful. Also, later gaining an understanding of how we can critical think brings the whole picture full circle, and makes our skills much more valuable.