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Critical Thinking

Critical or analytical 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 taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them." (Source: Defining Critical Thinking by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul for the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking Instruction). For more information on definitions of critical thinking, please see Critical thinking: An extended definition.

You're probably going to hear a lot about critical thinking during your time as an RRU learner. After all, the demonstration of critical thinking is the hallmark of university-level writing, and particularly so in graduate-level programs. Here's where you can find more information:

To search for additional information, please visit WriteAnswers and search the FAQs. If you're a RRU student, you can also use the WriteAnswers contact form to send your questions directly to the Writing Centre. We'll send you a private reply as soon as we can, which is typically within one business day of receiving the message.

"Reading, Thinking, and Writing at a Graduate Level" was authored by Dr. Judith Blanchette and is shared here with her permission.