Critical Thinking: Characteristic/ Trait/ Skill/ Attributes:
Connections (build & see)
Degrees of Beliefs
Depth and Breadth
Higher Order Thinking
Intellectual Due Process
Judgment and Decisions
Repertoire of Strategy
Support with Data/Evidence
Comment by Stephen Downes: OLDaily http://www.downes.ca/post/54875
Looking at the list, it seems to me that most are process-oriented, either based on simple learning taxonomies such as Bloom's, or a wider range of "21st century skills." The different sorts of literacies, such as the visual literacy competency standards, pictured above, are similar. But I don't think simply enumerating a series of processes is illuminating (as Plato would say, you cannot define 'clay' by pointing to clay pots, clay images, and other instances of clay).
From my perspective, critical literacies consist of six domains of expertise (not merely skills or practice, and not merely facts or knowledge either):
Each of these works across language, not just text-based language, but visual languages, metaphoric languages, and 'skills' generally - performance, simulation, appropriation (all of which are interpretable as languages).