Performance Patterns

Individuals having the strongest critical thinking skills typically have progressed through five different patterns of skills called performance patterns. A performance pattern is a set of skills used by an individual when he or she addresses open-ended problems. The five performance patterns are:

  • Confused Fact-Finder, whose Step 1, 2, 3, and 4 skills are weak
  • Biased Jumper who has adequate Step 1 skills, but whose Step 2, 3, and 4 skills are weak
  • Perpetual Analyzer who has adequate Step 1 and 2 skills, but whose Step 3 and 4 skills are weak
  • Pragmatic Performer who has adequate Step 1, 2, and 3, skills, but whose Step 4 skills are weak
  • Strategic Re-Visioner who integrates Step 1, 2, and 3 skills into a strategic approach that is characteristic of Step 4 skills.
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