Critical Thinking Matrix

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Appendix A

Stages of Critical Thinking

Complete the matrix by identifying the six stages of critical thinking, describing how to move from each stage to the next, and listing obstacles you may face as you move to the next stage of critical thinking.

|Stages of Critical Thinking |How to Move to the Next Stage |Obstacles to Moving to the Next Stage |

|EXAMPLE: |Examine my thinking to identify problems |Deceiving myself about the effectiveness of|

| |that affect my thinking. |my thinking |

|The Unreflective Thinker | | |

|The Challenged Thinker |A challenged thinker is a person who tries |They do not consult any source other than |

| |to fix their own problems in their |themselves in how to change their way of |

| |thinking. |thinking. |

|The Beginning Thinker |A beginner thinker realizes that they need |They sometime forget to think critically at|

| |to get regular practice in their thinking. |all times. |

|The Practicing Thinker |A practicing thinker is a person who knows |They think they do not practice enough. |

| |the more they practice the better they will| |

| |get. | |

|The Advanced Thinker |An advanced thinker is extremely...