Dr. Zakiyyu Muhammad, an Assistant Chief State Council-Jigawa State Ministry of Justice and Guest speaker at the recently held ‘2nd Guest Lecture Series’ of Skyline University Nigeria (SUN), has advised participants (Students) to Use the techniques of critical thinking to develop strategies to fit their educational needs. According to him, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, and every technique may not work for each of your courses”.
Dr. Zakiyyu gave this advice on Monday, 12th April 2021 at the SUN campus, while delivering a lecture title ‘Critical Thinking’. Dr. Zakiyyu who defined critical thinking as the analysis of facts to form a judgment, outlined analysis, interpretation, inference, explanation, open-mindedness and problem solving as the key critical thinking skills. In his words, “The subject of critical thinking is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence”.
The skills a student can cultivate in critical thinking, he noted, are to become an active learner, chase answers, actively seek solutions; to become open-minded, and try to approach problems from a different perspective; separate emotions from facts because thinking and feeling are not the same, amongst others. He further advised that students should avoid logical fallacies, which according to him, is a misunderstanding derived from faulty reasoning.
Earlier in the opening remarks, Ms. Nafisa Inuwa, the Event Coordinator of the University, appreciated the Guest Lecturer for honouring the invitation to speak on the 2nd CEO Lecture Series of the university. She added that the Guest Lecture Series was set aside to promote literacy and exposure to the students of Skyline University Nigeria, in terms of enhancing their research interest and other activities that can enhance learning and teaching amongst the students.
The 2nd Guest Lecture Series was organized by the Corporate Afairs Department of Skyline University Nigeria, headed by Engr. Bashir Garba. Dr. Jameel Mulani, a Lecturer I in the School of Arts, Management and Social Science of the university, gave the closing remarks.