Aug 14, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Critical Thinking Program

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Keith Reich, Coordinator

Mission Statement

The Chowan Critical Thinking Program (CCTP) is designed to assist Chowan students evaluate the dispositions, understand the elements and standards, and apply the processes of the effective critical thinker. As they become effective critical thinkers, students will have a more significant learning experience and will establish a foundation for a lifetime of intellectual growth.

Educational Outcomes

  1. Students will understand, analyze, and evaluate the intellectual dispositons essential to effective critical thinking. These dispositions include Intellectual Humility, Intellectual Autonomy, Intellectual Integrity, Intellectual Courage, Intellectual Perseverance, Confidence in Reason, Intellectual Empathy, and Fair-mindedness.
  2. Students will define what it means to be a critical thinker and consider the importance of becoming an effective critical thinker.
  3. Students will understand the elements of effective critical thinking. These elements include Purposes, Questions, Points of View, Information, Inference, Concepts, Implications, and Assumptions.
  4. Students will understand the universal intellectual standards. These standards include Clarity, Accuracy, Relevance, Logicalness, Breadth, Precision, Significance, Completeness, Fairness, and Depth.
  5. Students will apply the elements of effective critical thinking in analyzing, evaluating, and creating critically-informed artifacts.
  6. Students will apply the universal intellectual standards in evaluating the quality of critically-informed artifacts, whether produced by themselves or others.


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