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Critical thinking includes both analytical and integrative components. Critical thinkers demonstrate the ability to accurately identify a problem, question, or issue, and find information relevant to that issue. They analyze assumptions, implications, and conclusions, and support claims with evidence. They make connections between disparate sources of information and integrate other perspectives and positions into their own thinking. They revise their own thinking in response to convincing evidence and argument.
|Explanation of issues||The problem/issue identified is relevant but not described||The problem/issue identified is relevant and partially described||The problem/issue identified is relevant and adequately described||The problem/issue identified is relevant and comprehensively described|
|Evidence||Limited selection and evaluation of evidence||Some selection and evaluation of evidence||Adequate selection and evaluation of evidence||Rigorous selection and evaluation of evidence|
|Influence of context & assumptions||Shows minimal awareness of context and assumptions in presenting a position||Shows emerging awareness of context and assumptions in presenting a position||Recognizes context and assumptions in presenting a position but does not respond to implications||Recognizes and responds to implications of context and assumptions in presenting a position|
|Own perspective, hypothesis, or position||Limited presence of student’s perspective and/or alternate perspectives||Student's perspective is adequately stated and an alternative is recognized||Student's perspective is rational and considered in light of other perspectives||Student's perspective is multifaceted and exhibits balanced and appropriate consideration of other perspectives|
|Conclusions, implications and consequences||Conclusions show minimal attention to implications and consequences.||Conclusions acknowledge evidence with incomplete consideration of implications and consequences||Conclusions and evidence are integrated with consideration of implications and consequences||Conclusion synthesizes evidence and has a nuanced consideration of implications and consequences|