Intellectual Standards of Critical and Creative Thinking

Intellectual Standards Poster

Clarity being easy to understand and free from confusion or ambiguity
Accuracy being free from errors, mistakes, or distortions
Precision being accurate, definite and exact
Relevance bearing upon or relating to the matter at hand
Depth dealing with the complexities of the issue
Breadth recognizing insights in more than one side of a question
Logic reasoning correctly with the system of principles, concepts, and assumptions that underlie a discipline, activity or practice
Significance having relative importance
Fairness treating all sides alike without reference to one’s own feelings or interests

The intellectual standards of critical thinking are from The Foundation for Critical Thinking


Originality constructive imagination and independent thought
Adaptability the ability to adjust thinking under new or unstable conditions and to move among various vehicles of thought depending on context
Appropriateness goodness of fit between the constraints of the problem and the properties of the solution
Contribution to the Domain the accepted worth of new ideas within the discipline