Of which of these intellectual standards is in trouble, maybe, today in June 2020 due to the pandemic and the riots in all major cities?Discuss
Critical thinking is pivoted on elements supported in a five-step process. The steps include: the putting up of questions; research; inquisitions; review of the implications; and review of available options (Conway & McMillan, 2018). Asking of the initial questions helps with contextualization. It also points to the kind of information that should be integrated into the study. Research then helps with the gathering of information, the objective being to understand the problem and the related important theoretical frameworks. Inquisitions should then come with questions that explore the concepts, their relevance, related assumptions, and the sensibility of every idea that relates to the problem. In the review of implications, researchers should try to understand the effects of the decisions that they are bound to make. In the final step, they should consider any available alternatives, and how, if at all, they can improve the quality of the decisions arrived at in the first place.
The above processes are meant to support intellectual standards (which include clarity, accuracy, significance, fairness, breadth, sufficiency, logic, depth, precision) and intellectual traits (which include humility, autonomy, integrity, empathy, perseverance, and confidence) (Hyytinen, Toom, & Shavelson, 2019). The standards and traits contribute to good reasoning, but the guide to achieving them is based on the understanding that all processes of reasoning have a purpose, are triggered to solve problems, are originally based on assumptions, are executed based on points of view, are shaped by ideas and concepts, are characterized by inferences from which conclusions are drawn, and ultimately have implications/consequences. These points of consideration are also the elements of reasoning, and, together with the habitual practicing of the intellectual traits, can ultimately make it easier to critically interpret and apply information (Hyytinen, Toom, & Shavelson, 2019).
Given the time, I would like to execute all the stages outlined in the processes of critical thinking, and to do so in accordance with the above illustrated elements. Such a process would guarantee a more wholesome, accurate, and impartial development of the study. It would also encourage the involvement of the affected stakeholders, and it would help demonstrate that the ideals recommended in the study reliably address the problems that affect the industry. Take, for instance, that the consideration of alternatives to my conclusions would help show why my recommendations have more weight, a factor which in turn will help achieve positive implications for the study (Conway & McMillan, 2018). Putting up of questions from the beginning will also make it possible to ensure that all the successive steps of research are well-contextualized. Basically, each of the steps have an important contribution to make. While I do understand that facts and conditions do change, and that such changes may eventually prompt future researchers to either invalidate my conclusions or declare them as insufficient (if that would be the case), my objective is to do the best with the currently available facts and to ensure that my research processes are supported with valid processes of reasoning.