Last Updated on February 4, 2022 by Editorial Team
The ability to understand things around and reflect on them in the right way is referred to as Critical thinking. In your personal as well as professional life, critical thinking has its advantages.
Critical thinking is often a strength of people with dyslexia. But, unfortunately, they get pulled into a vicious loop of sticking to what they believe in. Thus, the decisions taken often go in favor of personal attributes, thus deviating from reality. In this scenario, the need to evaluate these abilities rises, and this is done through Intellectual standards.
This post explains what intellectual standards are and the strategies to improve them for people with learning disabilities.
Elements of thoughts
When a person thinks or interprets something, certain parameters are used. These constitute the Elements of Thoughts. There are broadly eight elements of thoughts. They are:
- Point of View
Your Point of View implies who you are and from what view you are acquiring the knowledge.
The reason behind why you are acquiring the knowledge.
- Question at issue
This element refers to what you are interpreting, the query behind it.
This element refers to the data that you are acquiring.
Interpretations depict what you have understood from the knowledge you acquired. This would lead to assumptions.
This element shows the conclusions that you draw from what you acquire. This is purely personal and changes from person to person. Thus, the need for intellectual standards comes to play.
- Implications and consequences.
This element depicts the probable future consequences that the individual expects from the assumptions.
What are intellectual standards?
When we interpret activities and things around us, we often perceive them in our favor. These elements of thoughts can be checked with Intellectual Standards. Largely, nine parameters form a crucial part of intellectual standards. These are:
Clarity is the gateway of all other standards, and one cannot interpret anything that is hard to comprehend in self. Thus, the meaning should be grasped—free from confusion and ambiguity.
Accuracy means the quality of being error-free, and this increases the reliability.
The knowledge would be precise if the word and data are exact and ensure that no more details are needed to interpret them.
Any knowledge that is interpreted should be relevant to what is focussed. We can’t be discussing apples and hoping for mangoes! Relevance creates value for the knowledge acquired.
This parameter ensures the knowledge is full-fledged and covers all the complexities if any. When the knowledge acquired covers all the points, it is ensured to have depth.
Breadth implies multiple interpretations for the same knowledge, which ensures complete knowledge since you see it from multiple perspectives.
Logic ensures the knowledge and arguments are evidential and make sense throughout, and, thus, consistent and rooted in reality.
The knowledge acquired should have important ideas and vital facts, which makes them significant.
Fairness ensures the knowledge acquired is free from any bias and is balanced.
There are many more intellectual standards. However, the above nine standards are important to assess your assumptions based on a problem statement.
Need of intellectual standards for people with learning disabilities
When it comes to people with Dyslexia or other learning disabilities, they are often critical thinkers who might have different interests. To ensure that they use their asset and their interest well, acquainting them with intellectual standards becomes a must.
People with dyslexia need to know the importance of intellectual standards more than others. They are often creative and are great with strategic thinking. However, they may also fall prey to their bias or crass experiences with the world.
During all this, validation of the knowledge becomes important.
Strategies to induce intellectual standards in people with learning disabilities
Here are some strategies to make people with learning disabilities use intellectual standards subconsciously.
- Ensure there is no Bias
The views, opinions, and validity often differ when it comes to people with disabilities. Thus, ensuring an unbiased interpretation is necessary in the first place. When people around them are impartial, they would start using intellectual standards of critical thinking naturally, without even forcing them to.
- Avoid Gossip
Although fun and sinfully luring, one can not succumb to hear-say. Thus, information from Gossip doesn’t comply with intellectual standards. Understanding the source, and the accuracy of information becomes an important aspect of intellectual standards.
- Control emotions
Information and interpretations are often affected by emotions. It is always crucial to keep one’s emotions at some distance while interpreting. This way, one can ensure that they have grasped the right essence of it.
- Don’t rely on suggestions
The fairness of the information has to be verified and that’s a journey the man has to make for himself. If the information is crucial, one needs to look for it themselves or check for validity before they interpret it.
Critical Thinking- A Boon or Bane?
Creativeness and critical thinking are strengths for people with dyslexia. However, the right interpretation of things is needed. Lack of intellectual standards in elements of interest would increase the chance of volatility in critical thinking and often lead to wrong decisions.
However, measuring the elements of interest with intellectual standards would rejuvenate the motivation. This makes people with dyslexia taste success with the right decisions. Critical thinking can be a boon if used correctly. However, not being able to process it without prejudice and pent-up feelings will make it a bane, and this always depends on the attitude of the person.
Intellectual standards play an important role in accessing interpretations and knowledge. Since people with learning disabilities are creative, strategic, and critical thinkers, they need to comply with their interpretations of intellectual standards more than others. The strategies stated in the previous lines may help.
An engineer, Maths expert, Online Tutor and animal rights activist. In more than 5+ years of my online teaching experience, I closely worked with many students struggling with dyscalculia and dyslexia. With the years passing, I learned that not much effort being put into the awareness of this learning disorder. Students with dyscalculia often misunderstood for having just a simple math fear. This is still an underresearched and understudied subject. I am also the founder of Smartynote -‘The notepad app for dyslexia’,