Capella University Open Minded Inquiry Discussion

Capella University Open Minded Inquiry Discussion

Question Description
If anyone is wondering where to find the topic of “open-minded inquiry,” please use the following link:

Open-Minded Inquiry (Links to an external site.)

Valuable Intellectual Traits (Links to an external site.)
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There are three options for this discussion form below:

Valuable Intellectual Traits

Though it has focused on arguments, this course is not merely designed to give skills and tools for creating arguments; it is designed to create critical thinkers. Critical thinking is not merely a set of tools, but a habit of mind based on carefully reasoning about what is true and how best to live. It is an approach to life based in careful thought (Vic Le vine, 2012). In other words, it is possible to use the lessons from this course to genuinely live better and smarter lives. This discussion is designed to explore some of the virtues of mind that one can develop as a result of developing the habit of critical thinking.

Prepare: In addition to using the readings and scenarios of this course, take a close look at the web pages associated with the Foundation for Critical ThinkingLinks to an external site. website.

Reflect: Search within the website for the pages associated with the options below, and Reflect how each can help you to live a better life.

Write: Choose ONE of the topics below from the Critical Thinking Community website and address the prompt underneath..

Prompt 3 Option: Open-Minded Inquiry
Using the online reading “Open-minded Inquiry,” identify what you consider to be the three most important attributes that one must have as he or she approaches problems. Explain why you think these attributes are the three most important, and describe examples from your own life, or from the lives of those you know, in which people failed to display those attributes. How will learning this virtue improve your life and relationships with others? Will it help you to find more truth?

Respond to the following peers. (75 words each or more )


Prompt 3 Option: Open-Minded Inquiry

The three attributes that I consider to be the most important when approaching a problem are Open-minded, knowledge, and listening. When one is open-minded, it means one is willing to take relevant evidence and argument into account. With open-mindedness, there are many possibilities and opinions to use and make the argument comprehensive and clear. The attribute of knowledge means confirming your ideas by the information you researched. When you teach with knowledge, you are giving information based on facts and not just opinions. Listening is also a good important attribute because, to connect one’s ideas and others, there has to be a lot of listening to be done. As teachers, we must listen to what and how it is said and what it isn’t said when it comes to teaching. Listening allows others to participate and give their opinions to resolve a problem. One example of why it is important to have an open-mind is: I am starting my own business in baking and doing. Accessories. For my business to be successful, I must have an open-mind that there is a lot of competition out there and take criticism to help me be better at what I do. It takes a lot of practice and critiques to improve and be successful. An example of knowing is that I must be prepared to present facts and teach with the right information in my teaching career. Knowing says a lot of the person; not only do they know what they are doing, but they can also present evidence, and they enjoy what they do. To be a great teacher, I need to focus on my career, school, homework, what goes around me and combine all the ideas and information to present a clear argument and find a solution. Lastly, Listening is an important attribute because it allows the person to take positive criticism, listens to both sides of a problem, and finds a solution. When one person doesn’t listen, they block everything and everyone around them, and they are so stubborn in believing that they’re always right. They don’t allow any criticism to be given. They become afraid of being wrong and make decisions based on those thoughts. Listening to others goes a long way with positive outcomes. Having these three attributes will help me be a better person in my professional and personal life.


Prompt #1: Purpose, Point of View, and Decisions.

A problem that I have faced recently, or more so have been facing, is managing my money/finances.

My assumptions are that I will never be great at managing my money on my own, and I should take a course or two about how to help myself get better at this. I plan to own a daycare and to do so, and I need to save and maintain my finances. My point of view is that I am good at paying all my bills on time, but other than that, I don’t save well, and I spend out of my budget a lot. The implications that have arisen are that I am not great at money managing, but with the help of a course and hard work to try to be better, I can fix this problem. My boyfriend is not great with money either, he can save and pay the bills, but then he spends like crazy. This is something both of us have talked about many times, and both want to work on as we are in the process of trying to save to buy a house next year.

Critical thinking can help address this problem by taking a step back and thinking about where my money is spent and when. I could keep a notebook with all my expenses every time I spend money; I write it down. I can think critically about every time I spend money, whether it is something I need verse something I want. I could make myself go six months without buying anything that I don’t absolutely need; if it is just a want, I won’t get it. Critical thinking could help me if I thought longer and harder about my purchases before I impulse bought.


For this discussion forum, I have chosen to answer prompt 1.

Prompt Option 1: Purpose, Point of View, and Decisions

One problem that I have been facing lately is preparing for my husbands’ retirement from the Air Force. We are getting ready to go back home to Texas, find new jobs, buy a house, and begin life outside of the military. I have the assumption that life is going to be hard, and we won’t survive. I have been used to a steady paycheck to help provide us a comfortable life. Now we are getting the run around trying to buy a house. I have to find a new job. I’m worried that we will be broke all the time. I see that now we will have to pay for utilities such as electricity and water. Those were bills provided to us through living on base. We didn’t have to pay a mortgage. The scariest thing for me is that we won’t provide a good life to my children. I want them to be able to go to college. Now all I think about is the failures. My husband has been helping to guide me through the positives. As one thing gets accomplished from our list, I feel better. The best decision for me is to use my critical thinking to figure out solutions to any encountering problems. I want to be positive that life without the military will be just as amazing as it was with them. It is time for us to travel because we want to, not because it is where we are told to go. I have to see that I have had several friends retire, and they are making it. Being a military wife has been very fulfilling. I must remember that I am still the same wife and mother. So I will stay positive and crush this game of life.

Guided Response: Respond substantively to at least three of your classmates’ posts in a way that furthers the conversation. For example, you might discuss what you learned from their musings and how you have learned from similar experiences. You might add to the understanding of the points they have raised. You might comment on the value of the intellectual traits they have discussed. You might discuss how these traits can help us to be more successful in our daily lives. You might comment on some aspect of the Chapter or any other resources you have used during this course as they may relate to the discussion. Enjoy.


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.

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