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Sample: Critical Self Analysis

1. On a scale of 1-100 (100 is perfect), please rate your overall response:   75

2. How do you justify your rating?

I justify this rating because the subject was open and accessible and at times answered in a knowledgeable way.   While he has a solid point of view I feel he needs to sharpen his critical thinking and expression.   I felt he intuitively knew the answers but saw him struggle with textbook definitions. (Disclaimer: In the "Learning Levels" Exercise, I confessed that I was somewhat "developed" here, I'd like to be "in-depth" but the whole idea of supporting your argument by evidence is new to me. I'm used to creative writing not college writing.)

3. Please write out you entire opening statement (first sentence).

Opening statement: Psychology is the study of behaviors and mental processes.   Last statement: Psychology is an elaborate science that not only encompasses the mind and the complexity of human behaviors but includes the human body as well.

3a. Did this statement completely address the question posed?     Yes

How?

The statements reflect each other in how they reflect the subject.   He started out struggling with the definition of psychology and ended up putting the definition in his own words, which he believes challenges the simplicity of the "textbook" definition and calls for a deeper, broader meaning of psychology, which may or may not exist, but was his learning experience (scientific vs. tenacity knowing).

4. Were there errors in content that you made or exclusions (i.e., things that you did not say), but should have?      Yes.   There were errors in content and exclusions I made when asked "how do you define mind?"

Select the two most significant errors and exclusions and elaborate on the significance of each.

4a. error/ exclusion #1

 I said that the mind processes thought.

4b. error/exclusion #2:

I said that the mind is emotion.

5. Overall, discuss the ways that you could have better answered the questions?

I could have better answered the question by describing mind as the nature of mental phenomena that includes the roles of consciousness , sensation, perception , concepts , action , reasoning, intention , belief, memory , etc, etc.

6. How does your question relate to the overall theme of the class?

My questions related to the overall theme of the class in particular with the Scientific Knowing vs. Tenacity/Intuitive Knowing methods.   We started the semester thinking psychology was one thing and discovered it was a myriad of others.

Scientific Method: I learned to define a process for discovering truth that produces verifiable results.   Example: Psychology is the study of behaviors and mental processes.   This statement is limited to domains where relevant ideas can be quantified and objectively observed.

Tenacity or Intuition Knowing: I don't need a reference source or justification for what my common sense tells me to be true, which is, that Contemporary Psychology is not only the study of behavior and mental processes but an elaborate science than encompasses the study of single brain cells to people in groups, pre-natal development to old age, etc.   However, I cannot ignore contradictory evidence and need to take into consideration all p.o.v.'s. (I tend to get fixed on an idea without fully, thoroughly, supporting it.)

 


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