How to Build Critical Problem Solving Skills Among Students

While we are analysing the extant research on critical thinking, various meanings of critical thinking arise. Some examples are here: 

“Most formal definitions characterize critical thinking as the intentional application of rational, higher-order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, problem recognition and problem-solving, inference, and evaluation” (Angelo, 1995) 

“Critical thinking is thinking that assesses itself” (Centre for Critical Thinking, 1996b). 

Critical thought requires interrogation. To continue the progress of many of the fields we are teaching, it is necessary to teach how to ask interesting questions, to think logically. Although many individuals assume that your emotions prompt or are free of your thinking, the fact is that your emotions are the results of your thought processes. This disclosure can be overwhelming as well as empowering. Intimidating because it makes us accountable and freeing for our behaviour because we have the ability to pick our mindset, feelings and reflections. 

It doesn’t in any way mean that we all need to understate the several emotions and feelings we enjoy as people, it is clearly a means for us to navigate them and align them with our mental skills. 

We think objectively and in a perspective of problem-solving among students if we:

1. Avoid clumsy decisions 

2. Inclined to reconsider data 

3. Keeping the eyes clear to different possibilities 

4. Accept new information, hypotheses and results 

5. Evaluate a wide variety of views and opinions 

6. Can set aside private beliefs and opinions 

7. Consider all fair opportunities 

8. Depend on reason instead of feelings

Steps need to be followed while critically analyzing any issue:

  • Diagnose the issue:  First-ever duty is to evaluate whether a problem occurs. Often you can lead to the realization that there really isn’t a dilemma, only a misconception when you think this topic through. 
  • Define the problem, look at it from various angles. If you’ve decided on the problem, examine it from a range of viewpoints by gazing at it. 
  • Think up and move ahead with a few ideas that are feasible. In certain cases, issues can be overcome. A list of some potential ideas from Brainstorm. Put down whatever comes to mind or just go over the compilation and filter it down to the best alternatives. Having many viable options leads to the best outcomes being obtained. 
  • Determine which approach would better suit the circumstance. Go over your range of choices that are feasible. Various scenarios call for various solutions. What works in one case, most often, does not work in a similar one. Take time to decide what is going to work best with the issue at hand. Normally, one answer does not suit everything. 

Take immediate action here. Enforce the strategy. Every dilemma has a solution to it; even if it is to agree and move on with the situation. We should interpret them as ways to hone our critical thinking and problem-solving skills rather than just treating issues and challenges as major problems. 

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