Critical Thinking is the ability to conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to reach an answer or conclusion. This skill is characterized by disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.


Program practices related to this skill:

  • Activity is challenging, stimulates thinking. Activity requires that youth learn/apply skills, solve problems, use strategy, focus and concentrate, most of the time in order to participate.
  • When providing assistance to youth, staff help youth think through problems or questions themselves rather than offering answers. Staff guide youth’s thinking and help them develop problem solving skills.

For more examples of program practices that help intentionally build critical thinking, please view this document.