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CJS4030 Criminal Justice Research Methods (Sabot): Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Tips

1. Analyzing

  • Separating or breaking a whole into parts to discover their nature, functional and relationships.
  • "I studied it piece by piece"
  • "I sorted things out"

2. Applying Standards

  • Judging according to established personal, professional, or social rules or criteria.
  • "I judged it according to..."

3. Discriminating

  • Recognizing differences and similarities among things or situations and distinguishing carefully as to category or rank.
  • "I rank ordered the various..."
  • "I grouped things together"

4. Information Seeking

  • Searching for evidence, facts, or knowledge by identifying relevant sources and gathering objective, subjective, historical, and current data from those sources
  • "I knew I needed to lookup/study..."
  • "I kept searching for data."

5. Logical Reasoning

  • Drawing inferences or conclusions that are supported in or justified by evidence
  • "I deduced from the information that..."
  • "My rationale for the conclusion was..."

6. Predicting

  • Envisioning a plan and its consequences
  • "I envisioned the outcome would be..."
  • "I was prepared for..."

7. Transforming Knowledge

  • Changing or converting the condition, nature, form, or function of concepts among contexts
  • "I improved on the basics by..."
  • "I wondered if that would fit the situation of ..."