Checklist: Testing an Idea

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A concept is a result of an ideation process. More precisely: It describes the preliminary outcome of thinking or a current state, because thinking – hopefully – will not stop. Viewing intellectual work in this way brings us closer to the idea of critical thinking. It is "the art of thinking about thinking with a view towards improving it."

Consistency of your Idea

The competence of critical thinking and reflection on its intellectual standards might give us a clue as to how consistent a presentation, an insight or a concept paper already are. Use this checklist to see whether you have applied the standards inspired by Critical Thinking concepts sufficiently:

Clarity

It is understandable; the meaning can be grasped.

Accuracy

It is free from errors, mistakes or distortions.

Precision

It is exact to the necessary level of detail and specificity.

Relevance

It is pertinent or related to the matter at hand.

Depth

It contains complexities and multiple interrelationships.

Breadth

It encompasses multiple viewpoints.

Logic=

The parts make sense together, there are no contradictions.

Fairness

it is justifiable, and not self-serving or one-sided.

Context

It is appropriate in the concrete environment where it will be applied.

Reference

  • Foundation for Critical Thinking; Intellectual Standards [1]
  • N. Zimmermann, E. Leondieva (Ed.): Creativity; Facilitator Handbook #4; MitOst Editions 2017

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