Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking involves the application of the skills, attitudes, and behaviour needed to effectively research, organize, evaluate, and use information from a variety of digital and non-digital sources for specific purposes.

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Each core competency is divided into three levels:

  • Involved students know the indicator or the criteria for demonstrating it. They can talk about it, write about it, describe it or explain it.
  • Engaged students can perform or demonstrate the indicator or criteria; that is, they can do it.
  • Leading students are innovating, extending, transforming, showing initiative, integrating, or collaborating.

Below are indicators and examples of competency at each level.

Involved-level Competency

Involved-level Critical Thinking Badge

Competency Indicators

How might someone demonstrate this competency?

  • Describes the nature of information and the forms it can take
  • Explains various formal and informal ways to conduct research
  • Lists strategies and tools to organize information
  • Defines sharing and attribution
  • Identifies reliability, validity, authority, and bias

Examples

What are some specific ways this competency might be demonstrated?

  • Tells a group member that they will need to conduct interviews and do a library search for their project
  • Talks to a friend about how to find an article that contains a specific study
  • Explains how to order data alphabetically in an Excel file
  • Chats with a classmate about how to avoid plagiarism
  • Checks who created and funded an information video to determine credibility

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Engaged-level Competency

Engaged-level Critical Thinking Badge

Competency Indicators

How might someone demonstrate this competency?

  • Uses various forms of information
  • Employs appropriate formal or informal ways to conduct research
  • Applies strategies and tools to organize information
  • Demonstrates appropriate sharing and attribution
  • Uses indicators of reliability, validity, authority, and bias

Examples

What are some specific ways this competency might be demonstrated?

  • Observes children playing outdoors and records data for a project
  • Selects keyword and subject heading searches in databases
  • Writes a paper using APA-style formatting and citations
  • Asks permission before sharing a friend’s photo and using it for a project
  • Uses fact checking websites to determine the validity of a story posted on social media

Leading-level Competency

Leading-level Critical Thinking Badge

Competency Indicators

How might someone demonstrate this competency?

  • Prioritizes various forms of information based on requirements
  • Designs innovative ways to conduct research
  • Synthesizes information for understanding and clarity
  • Considers the value of attribution and the issues surrounding the use of information
  • Determines credibility of sources based on indicators of reliability, validity, authority, and bias

Examples

What are some specific ways this competency might be demonstrated?

  • Uses a peer-reviewed paper rather than a magazine article for a scientific paper
  • Employs a mobile survey app to collect data for a presentation
  • Writes a paper that uses data and quotes from readings to support the thesis
  • Creates an original recipe and contemplates whether to post it on the internet
  • Finds authoritative, unbiased resources for an annotated bibliography and decides against using a peer-reviewed article sponsored by a pharmaceutical company