Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Thinks clearly and rationally with an open mind to arrive at decisions or conclusions by examining evidence, analyzing relationships, and drawing conclusions from a variety of data.

Competency Number



Observes critically
Solves problems
Makes decisions using reasoning
Processes and analyzes information
Recognizes bias, assumptions, and multiple perspectives
Organizes, analyzes, and illustrates relationships


☐ Sets purpose for observation and selects appropriate strategies,methods, and materials needed for observation.
☐ Selects and attends to important information and details while observing.
☐ Monitors observation and adjusts strategies, methods, and materialsappropriately.
Recognizes and accurately defines or describes the problem.
☐ Identifies possible causes and effects of the problem.
☐ Determines possible solutions to the problem.
☐ Uses prior knowledge, information gathered about the problem, andavailable resources to choose a problem-solving approach.
☐ Collects and allocates resources to creatively solve the problem.
Identifies and analyzes circumstances leading up to or surrounding a situation.
☐ Compares and contrasts costs and benefits of various options to cometo an informed decision.
☐ Determines when to make decisions independently and when to seeksupport from peers or supervisors.
☐ Supports final decision with reasons and evidence and evaluates theeffectiveness of the decision.
Examines situations and considers prior experience to predict possibl eoutcomes.
☐ Identifies cause-and-effect relationships to predict outcomes anddetermine probability of meeting desired outcomes.
☐ Sustains focused attention and filters irrelevant information.
☐ Identifies missing information.
☐ Identifies urgency of situations and problems.Draws appropriate conclusions based on information gathered frommultiple sources.
Considers personal bias and assumptions when communicating with others.
☐ Recognizes differences among team members and works collaboratively with others.
☐ Recognizes bias in materials, documents, and procedures.
☐ Seeks knowledge and information from multiple perspectives.
Integrates new information with prior knowledge to clearly illustrate relationships between actual items and ideas.
☐ Asks questions or uses resources to clarify information.