Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making

Critical Thinking
Gary Varnell
University of Phoenix
MGT 350 Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making
Ly-Huong Pham

Critical thinking is an important ability that each individual uses when making decisions and it is also an ability that everyone should learn more about. This paper is designed to show the importance of critical thinking as it relates to decision making. It will   give a detailed description of an experience that was as a result of the use of critical thinking. Finally, it will discuss the importance and benefits of critical thinking in the decision-making process.
Critical thinking can be defined as “the disciplined are of ensuring that you use the best thinking you are capable of in any set of circumstances” (Paul & Elder 2005). In other words, critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and in a rational manner. “Critical thinking is the process of purposeful, self-regulatory judgment” (Facione 2008) which gives reasonable consideration to not only evidence, but also contexts, concepts, methods, and criteria. The goal of critical thinking, which many consider to be a judgment process, is to decide what to believe and/or what do as it relates to the evidence of any given problem as well as the possible solutions and the results of the possible solution(s). Just because a person accumulates a large amount of information does not mean that they are a good critical thinker. Neither is a person with a good memory or a person who knows a lot of facts necessarily good at critical thinking. A critical thinker can be easily defined as someone who is able to look at the evidence of the problem in an unbiased manner, deduce the consequences of the problem, seek all possible relevant sources that can be used to better inform him/her in a way that allows them to make the best possible decision to rectify the solution at hand.
People use critical thinking skills on almost a daily basis. They use these skills to help them...