January 08, 2012

Follow–up on Introduction to critical thinking

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. I will apply the critical way process (purpose, audience, key information, logical order) in writing my assignment.

    This strategy has been useful whilst I'm writing my assignment. At the beginning of my writing, I just wrote the most important and needed information for my topic. Then, during the self proof reading, I started thinking the order based on logical order, purpose, key information and audience.

  2. I will prepare a set of challenging questions  or mindset when reading books and articles.

    I have new habits after applying this strategy when reading a book. My old habits usually just read the title and interesting parts. However, my new habits due to this strategy have made me not only reading the titles but also the published year and contents. I also check some references after reading a book or journal more often to review and use some powerful resources directly.

  3. I will use different kinds of perspective either advantages/disadvantages or positive/negative when I am writing my assignment.

    Another strategy has made me aware when I'm collecting the sources of my assignment topic. To include the positive and negative opinion based on some journals in balanced. Sometimes I have tendency to allocate more on the positive sides to support my strategies. At least, this strategy has been giving me an awareness to balance and argue the both sides (positive/negative or advantages/disadvantages).

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  1. Austin Griffiths

    Hi Maria,
    I’m glad that some of the things in the workshop were useful and you are able to apply them in your studies. Point one is interesting – particularly the point about audience. Socrates would not write any of his philosophy down because he did know who the reader – his audience – would be! This is a bit extreme and, of course, difficult in a university context! But the Socratic idea that the listener (or reader) is more than a silent partner is a good one: the audience dictates the tone, content, and style of what we write.

    10 Jan 2012, 15:40

  2. Dear Austin,

    What I mean about audience in writing is to write my ideas clearly so that any person who read it will understand even though the readers do not have any educational leadership background. Anyway, you’re also correct about Socrates’ illustration.


    19 Jan 2012, 21:11

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