Critical Thinking

This discussion forum continued on this week with more for me to learn about critical thinking. This article explains the difference between critical thinking and creative thinking. I have never put too much thought as to the difference between the two forms of thinking, however there is a difference.

Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing.

Creative thinking involves creating something new or original. It involves the skills of flexibility, originality, fluency, elaboration, brainstorming, modification, imagery, associative thinking, attribute listing, metaphorical thinking, forced relationships. The aim of creative thinking is to stimulate curiosity and promote divergence.

While critical thinking can be thought of as more left-brain and creative thinking more right brain, they both involve “thinking.” Critical thinking involves more logical thinking and reasoning, while the aim of creative thinking is to stimulate curiosity and to promote divergence and involves creating something new or original.

Here’s great table comparing critical vs. creative thinking.

Critical vs Creative thinking

There were multiple discussion forums involving the difference between critical and creative thinking. Some described critical thinking as more of a cognitive process that involved using cognitive skills, thinking, reasoning, analyzing and goal oriented. While creative thinking is more of the ability to generate new varied and unique ideas. It involves flexibility, originality, brainstorming that stimulates curiosity.

These are great questions to keep in mind.This relates back to a discussion forum (recently ended) on the Asking of Questions. This relates more to the how and the what to ask to encourage that critical thinking

6 Critical Questions

As I understand, critical thinking is a cognitive process where thinking involved has a deeper purpose and deals with reasoning for better understanding.

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