There are a lot of definitions about already but I will stick with the original or close to the original one.
The Foundation of Critical Thinking published this definition and it will do here:
“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it.
Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.”
It is rather complicated but the ultimate aim is to improve or change our approach or problem solving skills with tangible results.
How do we do that?
it seems that in our world of L&D and education, if it isn’t complicated it isn’t true.
if we have a genuine willingness to achieve or change something, only our thinking can stop us and in the above video I show the fundamentals of critical thinking and a way forward on how to instill this easily but not quickly into any willing mind.