In Magolda’s novel, “Authoring Your Life” the main emerging theme is, transformation. This is because, by reading this novel you learn the steps to becoming a self-author from learning from individuals’ experiences. Magolda states this transformation as a journey, where you must overcome obstacles and find/follow your internal voice.
A wise professor named William Mangrum once stated, “treat class as a research laboratory.” To be an avid researcher you must be able to think critically. I believe that two differing definitions encompass the meaning of critical thinking. Professor Mangrum defined critical thinking as “Breaking down the problem.” Now although I do agree with this statement I also believe there is more. To critically think, not only do you have to break down the problem, you also have to follow Jermiah Tjosse’s definition, by “thinking from different perspectives.” So when I have to face my subject matter, I want to solve the problem through critical thinking; by breaking down the problem and then viewing it from all the perspectives. Following these steps, I can view all the information and their relation to one another, taking the first steps to “thinking outside the box.”
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