Critical & Creative Thinking DQ's


Critical and Creative Thinking
Discussion Questions



Week 1 DQ 1:  What do you think is the difference between thinking and critical thinking?  Why? (150 – 300 words)

Week 1 DQ 2:  According to the text, good thinking is a habit.  Which bad habits do you think hinder your ability to be a good thinker?  Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 1 DQ 3:  What is active listening?  How do you think active listening is related to critical thinking?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 1 DQ 4:  There are predictable stages through which every critical thinker must pass.  Under what circumstances might one regress from one stage to a previous one?  In your current stage of development as a critical thinker, have you progressed or regressed to this stage?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 1 DQ 5:  Review the following Elder and Paul articles in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings:
·         “Critical Thinking:  Nine Strategies for Everyday Life, Part I”
·         “Critical Thinking:  Nine Strategies for Everyday Life, Part II”
Choose one the nine strategies.  How might you apply it in your life to be a better student?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 2 DQ 1:  Select three habits that hinder from those discussed in Ch. 3 of The Art of Thinking.  How have you struggled with these habits in the past?  What can you do to overcome these habits and improve your thinking?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 2 DQ 2:  Even though life is dynamic and people go through major and minor changes almost daily, many people are resistant to change.  This is especially true in the workplace.  How can critical and creative thinking help overcome perceptual blocks that hinder thinking and productivity?  If you were a manager and your employees were struggling with an operational change, what could you do to help them overcome their perceptual blocks and resistance?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 2 DQ 3:  In the last few years, the use of blogs, wikis, and other types of sharing websites - such as YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, and Twitter – have become increasingly popular as a means of expressing oneself and spreading news, opinions, or ideas.  What kinds of perceptual blocks and habits that hinder thinking must people guard against when using these types of online media?  Why is this important?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 2 DQ 4:  Define thobbing from Ch. 3 of The Art of Thinking.  What strategies you can use to prevent yourself from the practice of thobbing?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 2 DQ 5:  Recall a time when your perception of a situation ended up being quite different from the reality of the situation.  What do you think created the difference between your perception and reality?  What perceptual blocks hindered your ability to think critically about this situation?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 3 DQ 1:  Summarize the strategies for critical reading found in Ch. 4 of The Art of Thinking.  How might you apply these strategies in your life to be a better student?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 3 DQ 2:  Why do you think it is important to be able to make the distinction between a person and an idea?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 3 DQ 3:  Suppose you are participation in a test audience screening panel that must evaluate the Rachel Reid interview video, “Women in Afghanistan Turn to Self-Immolation Over Abuse,” and its effectiveness in reaching the public and the world.  What strategies would you use to critically view this video?  Why did you choose those strategies?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 3 DQ 4:  Many psychology experts indicate that watching a lot of violence on television can lead to observational learning of aggressive behavior.  How might strategies for critical viewing limit this influence?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 3 DQ 5:  Use you favorite Internet search engine to locate a Super Bowl Commercial from recent years.  What techniques might you use to determine if there is bias in the commercial?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 4 DQ 1:  The article “How to Build a Curious Child” presents techniques to help you regain your curiosity.  How might you use these techniques to help you regain the habit of asking meaningful questions about the world around you?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 4 DQ 2:  Identify three key strategies that help stimulate your imagination.  How might you use those strategies to be creative in your workplace or school?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 4 DQ 3:  What do you think Ruggiero means by “creativity is an expression of mental health” (p. 97)?  (150 – 300 words)
Ruggiero, V. R. (2012). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought. (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Week 4 DQ 4:  Chapter 5 lists five characteristics of creative people.  Which one of these five characteristics do you think best describes you?  Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 4 DQ 5:  Which of the four stages in the creative process is most challenging for you?  Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 5 DQ 1:  Chapter 7 of The Art of Thinking presents three guidelines for expressing problems and issues.  Think of a situation in your life that challenges you.  How might you use these guidelines to help you evaluate and express your problems or issue?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 5 DQ 2:  When do problems become issues?  Can issues become problems?  Support your answers.  (150 – 300 words)

Week 5 DQ 3:  Some people argue that the government should legalize drugs, because it would eliminate the dangers associated with its underworld existence.  Examples of dangers include gang and criminal activity, risky behavior on the part of users, support for terrorist activities, and money laundering.  Meanwhile, some oppose this view and defend the illegality of drugs on the basis that they are harmful to the individual and to society.  Do you think this an example of a problem becoming an issue?  Why or why not?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 5 DQ 4:  How can asking the right questions help you became a more confident and successful thinker?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 5 DQ 5:  Both problems and issues are best expressed as questions; the form of the question is different for each.  What is the most effective form when expression a problem?  Why?  What is the most effective form when expression an issue?  Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 6 DQ 1:  Which of the steps listed in Ch. 11 of The Art of Thinking for refining your solution to a problem do you find most difficult?  Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 6 DQ 2:  It may be necessary to conduct an interview when investigating a problem or an issue.  How do you think you can be best prepared and ensure a successful outcome when interviewing someone?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 6 DQ 3:  Which of the steps for refining your resolution of an issue listed in Ch. 13 of The Art of Thinking do you find most difficult?  Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 6 DQ 4:  The main message of the Toolwire® Learnscape videos “One Hit” and “They Said They Lied” is that one instance of drug use may be enough to get a person addicted or to even to kill a person. Suppose you are asked to investigate the validity of that claim. What sources of information might you use to conduct such an investigation? Why did you choose those sources?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 6 DQ 5:  How does the process of refining a solution for a problem differ from the process of refining a solution for an issue? Which do you think is more challenging?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 7 DQ 1:  Why do you think criticism is necessary for good critical thinking?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 7 DQ 2:  Chapter 10 of The Art of Thinking cautions against making assumptions. Which of the listed assumptions that interfere with critical thinking are you most likely to make? Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 7 DQ 3:  Why do you think it is difficult for you to criticize your own ideas and solutions to problems and issues?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 7 DQ 4:  How do you think being open to criticism might help you solve problems in your daily life?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 7 DQ 5:  A friend approaches you for advice. She is debating about whether she should break up with her boyfriend of 5 years. What types of questions would you use as you talk with her to help her make a decision based on critical thinking rather than emotion? Why are questions such a valuable aspect of critical thinking?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 8 DQ 1:  Describe a time when your assumption about a situation was incorrect. What do you think led to your incorrect assumption? How did your assumption interfere with your ability to think critically about the situation?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 8 DQ 2:  Use your favorite Internet search engine to locate three automobile commercials. Identify a fallacy used in each commercial. How are these fallacies used in the commercials? Why do you think they were included?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 8 DQ 3:  Many people argue that unrealistic standards of beauty set by celebrities and the media are a real problem for society. Men and women are influenced by media to strive for idealistic versions of perfection. How might you use critical thinking to help someone who is struggling with low self-esteem and a low sense of self-worth to see beyond the media messages they receive on a daily basis?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 8 DQ 4:  In his inaugural speech, President Kennedy used means of persuasion to win over his supporters and those who were possibly dissatisfied with his election. Suppose you opposed President Kennedy’s ideas and wanted to find fault with his speech. What steps would you take to evaluate his arguments?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 8 DQ 5:  Chapter 12 of The Art of Thinking lists some errors that affect the acceptance of the truth. Which of these errors are you most likely to make? Why?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 9 DQ 1:  Why do you think it is important to know the reasons that people reject ideas?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 9 DQ 2:  Why do you think it is important to know your audience when presenting ideas?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 9 DQ 3:  Chapter 14 of The Art of Thinking presents guidelines to help you become more persuasive in your arguments.  How might you use these guidelines in presenting you ideas to others?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 9 DQ 4:  Why do you think timing is important when you are building a persuasive case?  (150 – 300 words)

Week 9 DQ 5:  Why do you think it is important to anticipate objections or reactions when presenting your ideas?  How might this help you be more persuasive?  (150 – 300 words)

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