Monday, December 05, 2005

Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking

Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking. Yes, it can be taught. And this brief essay has some good ideas for teaching it!

From the site:

Critical thinking skills figure prominently among the goals for education, whether one asks developers of curricula, educational researchers, parents, or employers. Although there are some quite diverse definitions of critical thinking, nearly all emphasize the ability and tendency to gather, evaluate, and use information effectively (Beyer, 1985).

In this digest, we discuss skills related to critical thinking and three specific strategies for teaching these skills: 1) Building Categories, 2) Finding Problems, and 3) Enhancing the Environment.


shelleycoughlin said...

This is what I have the biggest problem with in my school- not enough time to develop critical thinking skills leads to poor information searches. They simply can't grasp that they might have to think out a search for a few minutes, they just type any random words they think of into Google and think they have their answers.

M said...

I think most teachers agree that critical thinking is an important skill. It is just so hard to find time to teach it and all that other stuff like math, English, history, etc.

I think the best way is to integrate it with other subjects. I always like to teach the topic to college students with a historical study of the Cardiff Giant.