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Ecosystem Science and Management

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are intellectually disciplined processes of actively and skillfully evaluating information and conceptualizing a solution, through tools including observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.

Critical thinking and problem solving skills should be demonstrated in all areas of academics.

Students with proficient critical thinking and problem solving skills demonstrate the following characteristics:
  • Accurately interprets evidence, statements, graphics, questions, etc.
  • Identifies relevant arguments (reasons, claims, pros and cons, etc.)
  • Analyzes and evaluates alternative points of view
  • Justifies key results or procedures and can fully explain assumptions and reasons
  • Fair-mindedly follows where evidence and reason lead

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