Profile and Opinion Questions for Characterizing the Term "Critical Thinking"

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The DoD and DHS are both concerned with responding to threat profiles that run from Nation States to Asymmetric Forces. These challenges require new skills and abilities in order to analyze and respond in a timely manner to both novel threats and innovative tactics

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Definition: The goal of this survey is to better establish what people mean when they say "Critical Thinking," but some may never have heard the term and be completely unaware of the context in which it is used. The on-line Wiktionary opines that the public thinks that critical thinking is " The application of logical principles, rigorous standards of evidence, and careful reasoning to the analysis and discussion of claims, beliefs, and issues."

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    What best characterizes your familiarity with the term "Critical Thinking?"  

    How important is term to you?  

    What is your impression of the term's definition?  

    How "solid" are your own visions of the term?  

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Opinion Survey

    Please respond to the following statements indicating how you feel about them.

Statement
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Critical thinking is an ability that can be distinguished from intelligence .
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Critical thinking is vital to planning, command, tactics and strategy.
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3
Demonstrable critical thinking should be a requisite for advancement or promotion.
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Please evaluate the following ten terms as to
whether they indicate Critical Thinking.
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    Absence or mastery of emotion and fear.
Strongly Disagree

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Strongly Agree
5
    Disciplined and steady thought.
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    Willing to follow a hunch.
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    Recursive fact and counter-fact analysis.
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    Rigorous openness to novel concepts.
Strongly Disagree

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    Recognition and rejection of social pressure.
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    Reliance on intuition.
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    Inclination for quantification.
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    Avoidance of ideas that may be disruptive.
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    Awareness of contextual impacts.
Strongly Disagree

Disagree

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Strongly Agree

 

Request for Input and Guidance

Briefly list any other characteristics that you think indicate Critical Thinking?

 

Do you have examples you could share of Critical Thinking or the lack thereof?

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