Wisdom vs. Knowledge

Wisdom vs. Knowledge

In 2012, Psychologist Heather Butler studied the importance that critical thinking plays in our everyday lives. “Critical thinking is not just the new buzzword in education. Critical thinking involves real outcomes that can be measured, predicted, and—perhaps for the negative life events—avoided” (Butler, 2012, p. 725).

In 2013, studies by Grossmann, Varnum, Kitayama, and Nisbett concluded that wise reasoning, rather than intelligence, was a predictor of well-being. In 2017, Dr. Butler and her colleagues, referencing the Grossmann study and based on their own research, determined that the ability to think critically was a better predictor of effective life decisions than was intelligence (Butler, Pentoney, & Bong, 2017). Wisdom vs. Knowledge

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Do you agree that wisdom/critical thinking is a better predictor of well-being than intelligence? To answer, you will have to define what the following terms mean for you:

Reflect on what you read in the text this week. Think of the people you know. Wisdom vs. Knowledge

Critical thinking Wisdom Intelligence Well-being

Are the good people smart? Are the smart people good? How do you define “good”? How do you define “smart”? Can we use our intelligence to become “good”? If yes, how? If no, why not?

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Butler,H.A. (2012, Sep/Oct). Halpern critical thinking assessment predicts real- world outcomes of critical thinking. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26(5), 721-729. 10.1002/acp.2851

Butler, H.A., Pentoney, C., & Bong, M. P. (2017). Predicting real-world outcomes: Critical thinking ability is a better predictor of life decisions than intelligence. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 25, 38-46. https://www.umass.edu/preferen/You%20Must%20Read%20This/ThinkingSkills.pdf Wisdom vs. Knowledge

Grossmann, I., Na, J., Varnum, M.E.W., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R.E. (2013). A route to well-being: intelligence versus wise reasoning. Journal of Experiential Psychology: General, 142(3), 944–953. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3594053

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(https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/65138/users/97891)Sonja Sheffield (Instructor) Jun 22, 2020


Greetings Students, Wisdom vs. Knowledge

An examined life or a reflective life. . . the question is, is there a difference or are they the same? John Dewey (1909), Edward Glaser (1941), and Richard Paul (1993), each have a definition of critical thinking



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or critical reasoning. Consider each definition below and consider which best defines critical thinking/reasoning to you. Think about how this exhibits an examined life and answer this question in your post.

1) “Active, persistent, and careful consideration of a belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds which support and the further conclusions to which it tends” (Dewey, 1909, p. 9).

2) According to Glaser (1941, p.5) critical thinking is as follows: (1) An attitude of being disposed to consider. . .the problems and subjects that come within the range of one’s experience; (2) knowledge of the methods of logical inquiry and reasoning; and (3) some skill in applying those methods. Critical thinking calls for a persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it tends. Wisdom vs. Knowledge

3) Critical thinking is that mode of thinking – about any subject, content or problem – in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them. (Paul, Fisher and Nosich, 1993, p. 4).

Just consider the following

“If textbooks used more critical thinking exercises, students would learn the material better.” What do you suppose are the best arguments for and against this claim? You don’t need to take a position on this but by responding to the discussion this week, think about how to develop the strongest arguments possible for both sides.

Think about what additional information would you need to investigate, to ground each side’s arguments and solid facts? What assumptions about learning and schooling would you consider to make each side’s argument as strong as possible?

These are questions one needs to ask throughout the course. Wisdom vs. Knowledge


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Dewey, J. (1909). How we think. Retrieved from https://www.gutenberg.org/files/37423/37423-h/37423- h.html (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/37423/37423-h/37423-h.htm)

Facione, P. & Gittens, C. A. (2016). Thinking critically. 3 . Ed. Pearson:Boston, MA.rd Wisdom vs. Knowledge

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(https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/65138/users/118358)Monica Hernandez (https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/65138/users/118358) Monday

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Hello Professor and Class,

Critical thinking- The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue order form a judgement in known as critical thinking. ” The stronger our critical thinking skills and habits of mind, the greater our prospects for success, whatever the endeavor” (Facione pg 2). Having good critical thinking skills helps one comprehend our own abilities and put our knowledge to the test to become victorious.

Wisdom- The ability to use one’s knowledge and being wise is termed as wisdom.

Intelligence- The ability to acquire the apply knowledge one has learned and skills.

Well-being- A good satisfactory condition of existence characterized by health, happiness and welfare. Wisdom vs. Knowledge

Intelligence is more the ability to acquire knowledge but critical thinking is analyzing and evaluating a problem step by step and being able to find a solution. According to the article 6 Critical Thinking Skills You Need to Master Now states “In fact, lacking such skills can truly make or break a person’s career, as the consequences of one’s inability to process and analyze information effectively can be massive” (Erstad 2018). Acquiring is not as important or compulsive as critical thinking in a perspective in the healthcare field. Critical thinking skills are more important and a better predictor in a society.

Good is something which is morally the right thing to do. Smart is known to be a vigorous strength in something. Sometimes good people are smart bu not all smart people are good.


Erstad, W. (2018). 6 Critical Thinking Skills You Need to Master Now. Wisdom vs. Knowledge

Facione, P. A., & Gittens, C. A. (2016). Think critically (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson.

(https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/65138/users/97891)Sonja Sheffield (Instructor) Yesterday


Monica, thank you for your post for this week.

Chapter 1 shows a model of Bloom’s taxonomy – they are the steps to mastery of any learning endeavor and the basic components of critical reasoning. They have recently been simplified and reordered as follows: • Remember • Understand • Apply

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• Analyze • Evaluate • Create

How do you think Bloom’s steps will apply to you as you pursue your career in the healthcare professions? How do you see yourself creating (the top of Blooms) in your current or nursing profession? Explain. Wisdom vs. Knowledge

(https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/65138/users/154614)Jasmine Burgess (https://chamberlain.instructure.com/courses/65138/users/154614 Wisdom vs. Knowledge

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