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Critical Thinking

This Advanced Supplementary Level subject gives you a further opportunity to enrich and extend your studies in Years 10 and 11. Lessons involve looking at visual, spoken and written material, small group research, discussion, presentations and debates.

Many university entrance tests now include a ‘Thinking Skills’ element. These are almost identical to AS Critical Thinking questions.

Critical Thinking is a skills-based rather than a content-based subject. It develops the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments and can support thinking skills in all subject areas, from arts and humanities to sciences. Critical Thinking skills are particularly valuable for university entrance and interviews. Rather than facts, students taking this

additional option learn to analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments. You also learn how to construct clear, logical and coherent lines of reasoning.

The aim is to provide you with a framework which can be applied in a practical manner to a range of materials, situations, problems and issues. There is not an obvious major body of knowledge to deliver, but rather a range of skills which candidates acquire.

You will learn to:

  • Understand and apply the language of reasoning and different patterns of reasoning
  • Recognise and evaluate special kinds of reasoning
  • Judge the credibility of sources
  • Assess arguments
  • Develop and present relevant arguments
  • Recognise and apply logical ideas

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