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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" (Paul & Elder, 2008, as cited by The Foundation for Critical Thinking, n.d., para. 10). For more information on definitions of critical thinking, please see Defining Critical Thinking.

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.


The Foundation for Critical Thinking. (n.d.). Defining critical thinking.

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