Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.
By developing these skills, students will learn more, enjoy their courses more, and experience greater academic success.
This course will help you understand what critical thinking skills are and why they're so important.
This course, designed with incoming college freshmen in mind but open to anyone, provides an essential grounding in critical reasoning skills.
Faculty from multiple disciplines at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offer guidance on applying critical thinking skills in the context of specific disciplines.
Critical reasoning skills are a key success factor for students entering their first year of college.
They must be able to think logically and form arguments.