journal

Remember – these journal questions require more thinking than writing. Think about exactly what you are asked to do, and then write as economically as possible. 

Instructions

  • Critical Thinking
    • Go back to your very first journal entry – review your definition of critical thinking. After studying critical thinking for the past eight weeks, would you change your definition in any way? If yes, how and why? If no – if it was perfect – what parts of the text were best reflected in your definition?
  • Heart of the Matter
    • Recall in your first journal entry that you discussed the authors’ statement that the concepts in Chapters 12, 13 and 14 were “the heart of the matter.” After having studied those chapters, answer again, with renewed understanding, the question posed there: Why do you think the authors find these concepts important to critical thinking?
  • Ethical Decision-Making
    • The lecture claims that an argument is no good unless it has a “strong and reasoned ethical base.” Do you agree that ethics is an essential element of a good argument? If yes, why? If no, why not?
  • Looking Forward
    • Do you believe that you now know everything you need to know about critical thinking – or is learning to think critically a life-long task? Explain your answer.

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JOURNAL

For this journal assignment, briefly answer each of the following prompts. For all instances where you are required to provide a definition, do notcopy definitions from the text. Use your own words.

  • Self-Regulation
    • The textbook mentions the skill of self-regulation. How do you define this term? You may want to review Chapter 2 (to review critical thinking skills) before your write out your definition.
  • Sytem-1 and System-2
    • Define System-1 and System-2 thinking in your own words.
      • Give an example from your personal or work life where you would use each of them, explaining why each is appropriate to the situation in which you use it.
  • Heuristics
    • Define “heuristic” in your own words.
      • Give an example of a heuristic might be used in your personal or professional life and briefly show how it could have a positive or negative effect.
      • Do not use examples found in the text.
  • Dominance Structuring
    • Explain the term “dominance structuring” in your own words.
    • Is dominance structuring a positive or negative attribute of critical thinking? Explain.
      • Use examples if that is helpful to your explanation.
  • Cognitive Bias
    • Briefly examine what part you think mastery of facts and understanding of data have in avoiding cognitive bias in System-1 thinking.

If you include references to outside sources (beyond the textbook), make sure you cite them properly.

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Reflective Journal 1

Using depth, detail, and paragraph form, please answers the following questions:

  1. What are your 5 top values that guide your professional or personal life?

 Make sure the values related to me being a First Sergeant in the military.

  1. Create a list of word descriptors for each value to anchor their meaning in your mind.
  2. What is an example of an ethical decision you have made?

Discharge a Sergeant for using drugs

  1. What is an example when you did not live up to your own values?
  1. What were the consequences?

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