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Extending and developing your thinking skills
Diagrams, mind-maps, tables, graphs, time lines, flow charts, sequence diagrams,...
Diagrams, mind-maps, tables, graphs, time lines, flow charts, sequence diagrams, decision trees: all can be used to organise thought. This unit will introduce you to a variety of thinking skills. Asking and answering questions is at the heart of high-quality thinking. Questions naturally arise from the desire to know and learn about things and may be the starting point for a journey of understanding.
After studying this Unit you should:
- feel more confident about studying
- understand any grades you are given and how to improve them
- be able to overcome problems with reading and writing
- be able to make the most of the opportunities a higher education course provides for developing your skills
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Overview
- 2 Understanding the importance of thinking skills
- 3 Different kinds of thinking
- 4 A thinking disposition and the process of development
- 5 Other people
- 6 Questions
- 7 Giving structure to thinking
- 8 Analysis, argument and critical thinking
- 9 Putting it all together
- 10 Further reading and sources of help
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Extending and developing your thinking skills
This Unit is designed to take you on a journey of understanding. You will be introduced to a variety of thinking skills and ways of extending and developing your thinking. You will begin by looking at why thinking skills are important in education, and what kinds of skills are valued. You will then move on to some practical strategies and ideas for further activities and reading.
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Originally published: Monday, 18th July 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 10th December 2013
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