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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, Second Edition by Richard Paul, Linda Elder

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Chapter 14. Strategic Thinking: Part One

There are two phases to strategic thinking. The first involves understanding an important principle of critical thought. The second involves using that understanding strategically to produce mental change in ourselves. In this chapter and the next, we move back and forth between important understandings and strategies based on them. Strategic thinking is the regularization of this practice. From understanding to strategy—and from strategy to self-improvement—is the pattern we are looking for. Using critical thinking strategies systematically to improve our lives is characteristic of the “practicing” thinker.

Understanding and Using Strategic Thinking

If I understand that the mind has three functions—thinking, ...

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