Required Resources

Required Resources

Articles

Bailin, S., Case, R., Coombs, J. R., & Daniels, L. B. (1999). Common misconceptions of critical thinkingJournal of Curriculum Studies, 31(3), 269-283. doi:10.1080/002202799183124

· The full-text version of this article is available through the EBSCOhost database in the Ashford University Library. In this article, the authors present better ways for instructors to teach critical thinking skills to students in college. They go over the importance of developing critical thinking skills in the earlier years of acquiring one’s education so to be better prepared for real-world problems after graduation. It is important for students to understand that the ability to think critically is not separate from attaining knowledge. Critical thinking skills can be applied to various domains of knowledge. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

Burkhardt, J. M. (2017). Combating fake news in the digital ageLibrary Technology Reports53(8), 5-33. Retrieved from https://journals.ala.org/index.php/ltr/index

· The full-text version of this article is available through the Academic Search Complete database in the Ashford University Library. Although fake news has been around for very long time, the new electronic media and the Internet have provided an open means for fake news to spread rapidly through an entire population. Bots are increasingly being used to spread misinformation, to manipulate information, and to force a particular meme on readers. “Individuals have the responsibility to protect themselves from fake news” (p. 5). While the article is aimed principally at librarians and library staff, it provides insights that are applicable by everyone. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion this week.

Erstad, W. (2018, January 22). 6 critical thinking skills you need to master now (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Retrieved from http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/main/critical-thinking-skills-you-need-to-master-now/

· In this resource, the author lists, describes, and explains six basic critical thinking skills. Each of the skills is named, defined, described, and explained, and examples are given as to their appropriate use. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

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Hobbs, R. (2017). Teaching and learning in a post-truth worldEducational Leadership75(3), 26-31. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership.aspx

· The full-text version of this article is available through the Academic OneFile database in the Ashford University Library. Who cares if it is true or not, so long as it is exciting and entertaining and fits the readers’ belief system? Fake news uses sensationalism to prompt a viral response in order to spread misinformation quickly to as large an audience as possible. Students must learn how to distinguish between manipulation and evidence-based reporting. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion this week.

Plencner, A. (2014). Critical thinking and the challenges of Internet (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Communication Today, 5(2), 4-18. Retrieved from http://www.communicationtoday.sk/critical-thinking-and-the-challenges-of-internet/

· The author presents ways in which to use critical thinking skills to evaluate Internet sources effectively. The author further elaborates on how critical thinking tools can help raise awareness, enhance one’s reasoning, and enable one to evaluate other perspectives with an open mind. This article will allow the reader to understand the importance of well-developed critical thinking skills. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

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Valuable intellectual traits (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/valuable-intellectual-traits/528

· In this resource, the author provides brief explanations of the intellectual virtues that inform critical thinking skills. The author lists eight virtue traits that are necessary to the critical thinking mindset, providing definitions, explanations, and examples. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

Multimedia

Caldwell, S. (Writer), & Dimoff, D. (Producer). (2018). Fake news: Part 1 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://fod.infobase.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=145229&wID=100753&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=640&h=360&fWidth=660&fHeight=410

· The full version of this video is available through the Films On Demand database in the Ashford University Library. Fake news is more than a social media menace—it threatens critical thinking skills needed to develop information literacy. Combined with the impulse to share exciting, shocking and alarming stories, fake news is shaping—and distorting—perceptions, especially in younger demographics. In this video, viewers learn what drives fake news, how to spot it and how to de-bunk it. You will see how to distinguish between bias and accuracy, and opinion from fact. This video will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion this week.

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QualiaSoup. (2009, December 24). Critical thinking (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/6OLPL5p0fMg

· In this YouTube video, the speaker provides a thorough explanation of how to improve one’s critical thinking skills. The speaker compares different ways people solve problems. For instance, someone can memorize a solution to a problem, but to solve multiple problems of the same caliber would require critical thinking skills. The speaker expresses the importance of examining flaws and biases when approaching to answer a specific question. Students need to be better at thinking and should work on minimizing biases that have been influenced by culture and one’s environment. Critical thinking means to seek out knowledge and evidence that fits with reality. This video will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

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Web Pages

Critical thinking web (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/

· This web page is a central gathering point for information about critical thinking websites. This central web page provides links to several websites that cover different aspects of critical thinking skills, logic, and rhetoric. Each of the websites in the Critical Thinking Web provides additional resources concerning the principles and process of critical thinking, including guides to their use in different fields of study, and which critical thinking questions are most appropriate for given situations. This article will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

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Critical thinking skills (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.umich.edu/~elements/probsolv/strategy/ctskills.htm

· In this resource, the authors provide examples of critical thinking tools in application. The authors present a set-by-step approach to the process of critical thinking, giving some suggested approaches as well as verb-active statements to serve as guides to help the student ensure that he/she is thinking critically. This web page will assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

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Recommended Resources

Book

Kallet, M. (2014, March). Think smarter: Critical thinking to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills . Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com

· The full-text version of this book can be accessed through the Ebook Central database in the Ashford University Library. In the first three chapters of this book, the author describes and explains the basic framework of critical thinking tools. The author provides clear, step-by-step processes to use when approaching common, everyday problems from the critical thinking perspective. The author provides a specific tool set to use to improve critical thinking skills. This book may assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

Multimedia

Center for Innovation in Legal Education. (2013, August 1). Episode 1.1: What is critical thinking? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/J0yEAE5owWw

· This speaker of this video defines critical thinking and explains its purpose in solving problems. Critical thinking takes time and involves been thorough by focusing on all complexities of the issue at hand. Critical thinking is not about accepting or rejecting a claim. It is about evaluating all parts of the claim that someone has made before making an educative response to that claim. This video may assist you with your Elements of Critical Thinking discussion and your Critical Thinking Quiz this week.

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