2. Critical thinking in psychology

Critical thinking is an essential part of the IB program - and essential to being a good psychology student.  There are many ways to show critical thinking.  These include:

  • Evaluating research and theories
  • Discussing assumptions and biases
  • Providing contradictory evidence or alternative theories or explanations
  • Weighing the value of an argument
  • Discussing areas of uncertainty
  • Ranking arguments in order of significance

Throughout this text, you will find several ATL boxes which encourage you to use your critical thinking skills.  Practicing critical thinking throughout the course will make you a better critical thinker - and make it easier to write your exams at the end of the course.

This chapter is different from other chapters.  It probably should not be the second chapter in the text, as many of the ideas in this chapter could be introduced throughout the course.  Think of this as your tool-kit for critical thinking strategies. If you master the vocabulary and key concepts of this chapter, you should be able to apply them to the research that you will learn throughout the course.
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