Social Sciences Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

Discuss critical thinking in a real life situation. Please give an example of when you made an important decision related to school or work.

Expert Answers info

Lorna Stowers eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write4,625 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

I look at critically thinking as part of the process of breaking things down into manageable parts. Many times, the things which need to be critically analyzed are things which concern us given its complexity. Therefore, in order to manage the whole one must think critically about it.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write5,917 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

Well--as an American taking a Master degree through a British (online distance learning) program, I had strenuously apply the skills of critical thinking while trying to learn the British method for academic paper writing, which is significantly different from the more casual American approach to academic paper writing. So while my example isn't "related to school" it is relevant to school because I had to master the application of critical thinking to writing in a way I'd never been exposed to before.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

accessteacher eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write13,728 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Teaching of course is a profession that opens itself up to every-second examples of critical thinking. The way in which we teach and how we respond to different pupils with their different situations is of...

(The entire section contains 12 answers and 2,089 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

amy-lepore eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2005

write3,513 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

wannam eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write1,438 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Science

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

mwestwood, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

bookM.A. from The University of Alabama


calendarEducator since 2006

write16,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

stolperia eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write2,948 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

brettd eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write4,576 answers

starTop subjects are History, Social Sciences, and Literature

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Inuk Lee eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write4,794 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write15,967 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

clairewait eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write2,328 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Science

check Approved by eNotes Editorial


mjane25 | Student

Critical thinking is something you are thinking negatively about the past bad situations or experiences.Your mind is always dark no peace,but always dangerous.Sometimes it happens this to us because of we have problems,hatred at somebody,and also to our self..But nothing to get good benefits..it is better you are always postive even though problems is coming out and in,but we should be positve to think...

krcavnar | Student

To me critical thinking is really just identifying the issue, analyzing the issue and establishing a plan of attack to resolve if necessary.  When I decided to change careers I needed to identify why I wanted to change and whether I would be able to find a job and would I be able to support myself on a different salary.  I moved from being an attorney to a teacher.  I found myself always stressed, sick, tired, and really anti-social when I was an attorney.  I decided that my true love was really history and that I wanted to teach.  I analyzed all the possible paths to becoming a teacher since I only had a BA in History and then determined the cost, the length of time it would take and when the first available time was I could be employable.  This was a tedious process and took much review and thought, but I now love my job and look forward to going to work every day.

I find that I am able to think of times when I did not use critical thinking skills in my life.  Many things in my life could have been simpler if I only had taken the time to use proper thought and analysis.  I guess the best critical thinking example I have is my investment strategies – how much money can I put back, is it enough to reach my retirement goals, what types of investments am I going to make – safe, risky, high-return, etc.  Having one child in college, one beginning high school and a husband who is going back to school for a career change I had to analyze what my needs were going to be now and in the future.  It took a lot of time and study and consultation with people proficient in investments but I rest easier now that I have a plan.