General Education Resources

CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING uses systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate ideas, leading to new ways of thinking or doing.

People with a general education think logically and creatively. Expressiveness, imagination, and originality are needed for innovation. Innovative ideas must be subject to critical evaluation, which involves distinguishing information, judgment, and assumption; evaluating evidence and the logic of arguments; identifying and assessing differing perspectives and assumptions; and reasoning systematically in support of arguments.

Students who have critical and creative thinking skills can:

  • Assess differing perspectives and assumptions
  • Evaluate evidence and the logic of arguments
  • Formulate novel approaches or create alternative interpretations


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