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What is critical thinking?

Here we'll take a look at blocks to your own critical thinking, and how to evaluate your own critical skills...

Credible sources

What makes a reliable source of information, and how might we use such sources in support of an argument? In this session we explore frameworks for evaluating information and determining credibility, and we apply these to a resource with which we are all familiar: Wikipedia. We learn the basics of editing Wikipedia and try to add some much-needed citations by evaluating information from appropriately credible sources.

Being a critical consumer of information

Never mind the quality… feel the width! With so much information available to us in the digital world, it’s important we choose wisely.

Blocks to critical thinking

Certain habits or approaches we have to life can hold us back from really thinking objectively about issues. We may not realise it, but often we're our own worst enemies when it comes to being critical...

Select a student to reveal the statement they've made.

Student 1

All these books and articles have been written by experts:
people with PhDs... doctorates... respected people.
How can I question what they have written?


From the choices below, identify which block to critical thinking might be limiting their performance.

Student 2

The topic I am researching is so big!
There is just so much to read and then think about.
Where do I start?


From the choices below, identify which block to critical thinking might be limiting their performance.

Student 3

I'm not sure which opinion or argument is the right one.
Where do I find the right answers?


From the choices below, identify which block to critical thinking might be limiting their performance.

Student 4

Isn’t just gathering together what has been said about this issue enough?
I don’t have time for all this thinking and then reading and then thinking and then reading some more and then thinking and then writing!


From the choices below, identify which block to critical thinking might be limiting their performance.

Student 5

I've read a lot of articles but I'm not sure I have enough material yet.
What if I've missed something?


From the choices below, identify which block to critical thinking might be limiting their performance.

Student 6

I’ll do all the critical stuff at the end when I am writing.
Doing it later will be ok, right?


From the choices below, identify which block to critical thinking might be limiting their performance.


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