What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking is a term we hear quite often nowadays, but what does it mean, exactly? Thinking is a process where we reason or consider something. To then think critically, is to question the idea being presented to us, not just accepting it. It also refers to the ability to link ideas together and engage in reflective thinking that is without bias.
Why Critical Thinking?
So why is critical thinking so important? At a time when we are constantly inundated with new knowledge and information at the click of a button – at almost any time and from almost anywhere – it is important to distinguish facts and truths from lies and hocus-pocus. And this is where critical thinking comes into the picture. It uses one’s ability to reason and to investigate in order to make the right decisions and conclusions.
Why are Critical Thinkers sought after?
There is no doubt that critical thinkers are a highly sought after commodity. They are able to systematically pick apart and solve problems while at the same time, linking solutions to other issues that may not have been previously introduced. They are also able to point out negative or poor points in arguments and find stronger, more valid topics in their place. In summary, critical thinkers are able to provide foresight and expose potential problems even before they happen.
Critical Thinking in STEM
STEM (the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects), when taught throughhands-on and activity-based learning,empowers and enables students to grasp core fundamentals and concepts that are pro-critical thinking.
Critical thinking is taught here along with problem solving and other soft skills such as communication and collaboration. Students are required to figure out solutions to complex problems through analysis and trial and error, fine-tuning their critical thinking abilities.
Students are encouraged to ask questions instead of simply accepting something that’s said or shown and come up with their own answers. Questions like, why, who, where, how and when, encourages the pursuit of getting a full picture of the problem and then figuring out various interpretations and explanations without simply agreeing.
STEMmates and Critical Thinking
STEMmates is doing its part to help Australia’s young learners grow up into critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving adults. Our programs and courses are designed so that students are able to cultivate, nurture and develop these skills essential to their lives as future adults.
By catering our programs to promote thinking critically from ages as young as 7 years old, STEMmates seeks to be able to provide viable solutions for any problem they may face in life. Learn about how you can get your child thinking critically through our Facebook and website pages today.