Critical thinking skills are essential for evaluating information. They
The skill to extrapolate meaning from information gathered from various
It is crucial to extrapolate meaning out of bits and pieces of information
by investigating their intercalating relationships. When you gain an
understanding of the information, you become knowledgeable in the topic
you are researching. Your knowledge will accumulate as your research
progresses, providing you with reference points to evaluate new information
and apply it to your porject--you need background knowledge to determine
validity of newfound information. This tutorial suggests that you use
concept mapping as a tool to help you gather meaning from bits and pieces
The skill to ask crucial question
Asking the right questions leads to many important discoveries; it is also
relevant for effective information evaluation. However, even the simplest
facts and the most obvious factors can be neglected or missed, so that
crucial questions are not being examined. This tutorial suggests you
use mental imagery, based on the extrapolated meanings from your concept
mapping, to reveal questions that are both obvious and hidden. This
tutorial speculates that the extrapolated meanings from concept mapping
will provide a framework to guide your thinking process, so that you
will discover questions otherwise omitted from your research.
The skill to determine what information is needed to further the research
questions are formulated, you will need to decide (1) if they require
you to re-examine the validity of your existing knowledge of the information
about your topic, and (2), if they direct you to a new aspect about
this research you have not considered. If validity is an issue, you
will need to determine where the pivotal point of the conflict is: what
information is needed to help determine whether the conflict is true
or untrue? If the questions lead to new aspects, you need to decide
whether you want to pursue further research.
This tutorial suggests using the storytelling technique to examine questions
derived from mental imagery. Storytelling can be in verbal or written
form--a written record/document, or an engaging dialogue with oneself
or with others.
records, dialogs and documents, provide a story of what has taken place.
The goal is to help sort through the questions and determine what information
is needed in order to further the research.