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PostSubject: Four Kinds of Thinking   Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:13 am

Four kinds of thinking which can be developed through education. These are the Factual,
insightful, Rational, and eValuative thinking. I will describe the characteristics of the four types
of thinking targeted by the teachings for thinking project of the Minnesota Community College
System.
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PostSubject: Observational Thinking   Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:21 am

Observational thinking is the kind of thinking that notices facts. More, it seeks out facts and
finds ways to note them in memory or record so that it can recall them with accuracy and
clarity. This kind of thinking is not just limited to observations about the physical world without.
It also takes note of bodily and emotional sensations within.
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PostSubject: Insightful Thinking   Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:32 am

Insightful thinking is the kind of thinking that sees the possibilities in things. It looks beyond
the facts to imagine what could be, what might have been, and what might be related. This
kind of thinking is continually bringing out hidden meanings, alternative perspectives, and
related images, metaphors, or stories. We engage this kind of thinking when we anticipate
what comes next, what came before, or what something could become.
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PostSubject: Logical THinking   Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:46 am

Logical thinking is the kind of thinking that allows us to organize things, activities, and
concepts to .maximize effectiveness and void conflict. Logical thinking is involved both
in the formation of rules to guide its efforts and the manipulation of the rules to reach new
results or conclusions which are precisely as justifiable as its rules and initial information. In
some cases, the rules are used as standards against which to judge results or conclusions not
derived by the rules.
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PostSubject: Evaluative Thinking   Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:04 am

Evaluative thinking is a kind of thinking that leads to take up
an approving/disapproving, accepting/rejecting position towards
something. Every time we express a preference of one situation
over another or value one experience or thing over another, we
are engaging in evaluative thinking. When we articulate our
evaluative thinking we open the door to dialogue and
development. The less articulate we are about our evaluative
thinking, the more it controls our thinking through subtle
shadings and moods.
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PostSubject: Four   Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:11 am

Factual Thinking Checklist:
A. Factual clarity, accuracy, and fairness
B. Observational detail, reliability, and scope
C. Effective record and recall strategies
D. Alertness for patterns
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PostSubject: Insightful   Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:19 am

Insightful Thinking Checklist:
A. Seeking the larger context
B. Seeking alternative perspectives
C. Seeking similarity & difference and relating the known to the unknown.
D. Seeking alternative teams of expression
E. Usin questions as probes
F. Applying learning to self understanding
G. Drawing lessons from experiences
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PostSubject: Rational   Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:27 am

Rational Thinking Checklist:
A. Identifying structure and order
B. Formulating hierarchies & rules governing patterns
C. Identifying and evaluating arguments
D. Constructing arguments
E. Working with rules in order to reach goals
F. Judging strength of evidence
G. Awareness of thinking strategies (metacognition)
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PostSubject: Evaluative   Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:34 am

Evaluative Thinking Checklist:
A. Sensitivity to values both individual and collective
B. Applying values to problems
C. Respect for individual & collective differences
D. Willingness to risk and commit
E. Valuing your individual and collective self
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PostSubject: Re: Four Kinds of Thinking   Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:38 pm

lightsun:

no doubt, a teacher / educator must know these categories.
no doubt either, everyone is going through more than one of these stages.

such assessments are made inside out.
in today's world, what comes outside in, can only be processed by a multiple of all four types of thinking and "rationalizing" perceptions.

i never got a satisfactory answer to my question what thinking really is.
just a productive input into a system, correct in timing and according to demand, or a continued processing of information to better oneself, or: the awareness of one's being as part of a WHOLE and not subject to unsubstantiated "criticism" by "incompatible" thinking?

the demand and supply facticity dominating global thought structures seems to be very unkind to large parts of the population.
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PostSubject: Re: Four Kinds of Thinking   Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:03 pm

Compartments of stability proven to instill peace of mind...
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