Friday, February 24, 2012

Critical Thinking and Perspective

Question: How does perspective influence accounts of events?

Answer/Quote; “Much of the information that we receive about the world is filtered through the perceptions of others.. We live by secondhand accounts of events, of products, and, ultimately, of truth.” P. 48.

For the author, the beginning of critical thinking occurs when the students compare two or more accounts of events, etc., and spot discrepancies in these accounts: “…the real thinking begins when students perceive a discrepancy between two accounts of the same event.” P. 49.

Comment: Interesting point of view. But where does a study of the discrepancies go from there? The opening quote is something to think about. RayS.

Title: “Perspective and Experience: Developing Critical Reading Abilities.” Grant Cioffi. Journal of Reading (September 1992), 48-52,

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