A Topic of Research

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“Authoring Your Life” by Baxter Magolda is a self-help book that focuses on finding your internal voice. The stories of the participants from Magolda share their experiences transforming through life. While reading, the topic of trust stands out to me. Trust of one’s self based of outside factors captivate me.

An Approach to Critical Thinking

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“Question everything” (Ashley). Critical thinking is when you are “looking beyond the surface” (Josh S) and piece together accumulated information. We must break it down and examine it. Through the class discussion on Tuesday, march 4th, we determined that critical thinking needs a mindful and open-minded approach. Taking such an approach requires effort, which was confirmed in class. The discussion that we held had attributes such as blatant, repetitive, rocky and slow. In our unguided conversation many of our statements were so similar that the same topics kept being repeated in new ways, “Everyone was talking to the board.” Stated Cassidy in her essay. “Critical thinking advances when pushed.” (Bill), it was when we were pushed to communicate our deep thinking that our definition of critical thinking was clarified. I realized how most of us are not at the same level of critical thinking and how much our approaches differ.