The Five Colleges of Ohio
Teagle Foundation

Critical Thinking: Characteristics & Traits

According to the authors of the Delphi Project Report, critical thinking is comprised of the following skills:

Interpretation
-categorization
-decoding significance
-clarifying meaning

Analysis
-examining ideas
-identifying arguments
-analyzing arguments

Evaluation
-assessing claims
-assessing arguments

Inference
-querying evidence
-conjecturing alternatives
-drawing conclusions

Explanation
-stating results
-justifying procedures
-presenting arguments

Self-regulation
-self-examination
-self-correction

We generated our own list and agreed to draw from the following skills to develop our rubrics. This list reflects areas of overlap between elements of creative and critical thinking.

Discerning
Imagining
Visualizing
Predicting
Anticipating
Recognizing Cause and Effect
Recognizing Presuppositions
Recognizing Assumptions
Recognizing Foundations
Selecting important info
Prioritizing
Analyzing
Evaluating
Assessing
Taking things apart
Deconstructing
Owning
Being aware of role
Making meaning
Contextualizing
Conceptualizing
Implying
Synthesizing
Anticipating larger implications
Recognizing thinking
Engaging in honest inquiry
Connecting (Compare, Contrast, Concatenate)
Making linkages
Re-collaging
Taking perspectives
Recognizing multiple viewpoints
Taking a meta-cognitive stance
Focusing
Inferencing
Being precise
Being Aaccurate
Recognizing of potential questions (of reader)
Being aware of audience (minds)
Participating in a dialog