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2 Approaches to critical thinking

The varying notions of critical thinking cannot be fully explored in this short course. However, it is important to point to a few scholars who have influenced this area, and are relevant to the ideas presented here. The notion of critical thinking is rooted primarily in two academic traditions, philosophy and cognitive psychology. These disciplines have influenced this area significantly. They have developed different approaches to defining critical thinking that reflects their respective positions and concerns.