The Importance of Critical Thinking Among College Students

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Critical thinking skills is determined by many factors, especially the structure of one's thinking. The structure of thinking will be expressed through language, both verbal and written. Critical thinking also berambivalensi with the level of literacy a person either orally or in writing. Literacy ability is what will determine whether students are suceptive to the issues around them. Critical thinking skills are absolutely required by students and scholars, because at every opportunity they will decide the issues, both related to the field of scientific and social issues.

According to Paul (2011), critical thinking comes from two Latin root word in the language of "kriticos" which means an intelligent assessment (discerning judgment) and "criterion" means a standard. Critical word is also marked by careful analysis to achieve an objective assessment of things. Thus, critical thinking means thinking to make judgments, opinions and objective evaluation using a standardized evaluation of the right to determine the good, the benefits and value of something (Emilia, 2007).

Conception of critical thinking can be viewed from two ways, namely the general conception and conception of the specific subject. General conception viewed as a set of skills and dispositions that can be generalized and can be applied in various situations and conditions and various domains of knowledge. Meanwhile, the specific subject conceptions regard as a specific form of thinking in terms of specific cognitive, dependent on and determined by the extensive knowledge about a problem he thinks (Emilia, 2007).

An intellectual properties need to be developed and honed in order to become critical thinkers. There is no instant recipe for developing intellectual properties of a critical thinker. Because critical thinking is developed based on the concepts and principles, rather…...

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