Foundations of Critical Thinking

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Date Developed: 2012. Source: CityMatCH. Presenter(s): Enoch Hale, PhD. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Intermediate. Length: 35 minutes.


Dr. Hale begins this webinar by discussing what critical thinking is, its importance and how it can be applied to professionals’ everyday work. The presentation focuses on the principles of critical thinking and the underlying preferences and beliefs we have that influence our thoughts and actions. He provides various definitions and a model for fostering a critical mind called SEEI: stating words, elaborating statements, exemplifying concepts, and illustrating an idea. The importance of creating a language of thinking is also addressed, as well as clarifying purpose, identifying assumptions, and formulating questions.

Learning Objectives

•Define critical thinking.

•Describe why critical thinking is important.

•Learn strategies to improve critical thinking.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.