Paul and Elder (2012) associate three phases with their definition of critical thinking (p. xix):
It analyzes thinking . . . By focusing on the parts of thinking in any situation—its purpose, question, information, inferences, assumptions, concepts, implications, and point of view.
It evaluates thinking . . . By figuring out its strengths and weaknesses: the extent to which it is clear, accurate, precise, relevant, deep, broad, logical, significant, and fair.
It improves thinking . . . By building on its strengths while reducing its weaknesses.
Your Literature Review assignment due this week will apply all of these phases of critical thinking to the scholarly sources you have selected. For this discussion activity, you will select one journal article you have selected for the Literature Review assignment and apply the first phase to analyze the thinking represented in the article:
First, describe the topics for which you researched relevant scholarly articles.
Next, identify one of these articles and explain how it is relevant to your topic.