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Metacognition -- awareness of one's attention and thinking process -- is increasingly a 21st century necessity. -- Howard
"At New York University, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Steve Fleming is exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental..."
A website providing a rigorous introduction to critical thinking.The purpose of this website is to provide a rigorous source of critical thinking information of value to many different communities. CriticalThinking.NET has been developed by Robert H. Ennis and Sean F. Ennis.
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Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines.
The second in the series of letters to teachers from students. This time, a young man in Grade 12 talks about how we are missing the point of education by obsessing on marks and assessments.
A directory of quality online resources for critical thinking.
Australian outfit Bridge 8, who have the admirable mission of devising “creative strategies for science and society,” and animator James Hutson have created six fantastic two-minute animations on various aspects of critical thinking, aimed at kids ages 8 to 10 but also designed to resonate with grown-ups.
My hope is that we’ll put our energy into making critical thinking a central and essential part of classroom pedagogy.
What does it mean to think critically? Some individuals would say to think critically is to deep think. Other individuals may say that critical thinking is thought that explores all possible logical outcomes. Critical thinking is best understood descriptively and through real life application analysis.
“Students can critically read in a variety of ways:
When they raise vital questions and problems from the text,
When they gather and assess relevant information and then offer plausible interpretations of that information,
When they test their interpretations against previous knowledge or experience …,
When they examine their assumptions and the implications of those assumptions, and
When they use what they have read to communicate effectively with others or to develop potential solutions to complex problems.” (p. 127)
Study of 38 Public Universities and 28 Private Universities To Determine Faculty Emphasis onCritical Thinking In InstructionPrincipal Researchers: Dr. Richard Paul, Dr. Linda Elder, and Dr. Ted Bartell
Online educators who use discussion boards successfully estimate that their interaction with students can be as much as three times the interaction with face-to-face students, and that peer-to-peer interaction is even many times more than that.
For instructors facilitating a robust discussion board, the fervor of activity may prove overwhelming. How do you make the most of this new form of learning experience? And what if your discussion board is more like a ghost town than a boom town? How can you get students to participate thoughtfully and frequently?
By Jamie McKenzie:
"Each district should create a Questioning Toolkit which contains several dozen kinds of questions and questioning tools. This Questioning Toolkit should be printed in large type on posters which reside on classroom walls close by networked, information-rich computers.
Portions of the Questioning Toolkit should be introduced as early as Kindergarten so that students can bring powerful questioning technologies and techniques with them as they arrive in high school."
Few internet resources have stood the test of time as well as Jamie McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit. This is an essential resource for any online teacher seeking to understand discussion facilitation. ~ Dennis
One of the fundamentals of online teaching is learning to create dynamic discusssion prompts that are deepened with skilled facilitation. At the foundation of these skills is a deep understanding of Questions and questioning.
This wiki provides a good wiki based archive of information and resources about questioning. Give it a visit. ~ Dennis
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"As a child, I grew up in a world that was dominated by left-brained thinking. Both my parents were in professions that required in-depth analytical thinking. The “rule” in my house was: “If you break something, try to fix it. Only THEN come ask Dad for help.”Looking back now, I realize something I never understood then — what he had instilled was an ability to think critically. Along with creativity, collaboration, and communication, critical thinking is one of the four components of learning in the 21st century. Unlike the other three, critical thinking is often difficult to reduce to bite-size pieces of understanding and challenging to teach to others."
Read on for an example of teaching critical thinking with a first grade class as well as a look at 3 underlying components to critical thinking.
That is, virtually every educator will agree that we should be asking our students to think more, and to communicate their thoughts more, but they think this can only really be done via essay-type assignments, assignments which are both time and resource consuming. Thus we instead turn to the sorts of assignments that one can use a Scantron to mark, assignments that almost invariably focus on content rather than cognition.
AP Economics teacher Riza Laudin facilitates frequent debates with her students on a variety of subject-area topics.
OK, we admit it may not always be obvious, but KurzweilAI does not make up its news items. Really. Well ... except this time.
When children are moved beyond Bloom’s lowest level, Remembering to the next level of Understanding, they are answering questions which ask them to organize previous information, such as: comparing, interpreting the meaning, or organizing the information. Therefore, children are basically just retelling information in their own words, which is not helping develop critical thinking skills.
By Moriko Nobori
Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students' critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.
Why is it so important to doubt, question everything and not know?! Check out Socrates’ article on SingularityWeblog.com to find out.
Not knowing, just like other cases of being uncomfortable, is a great incentive for personal growth. Progress always comes at the point of resistance. Getting uncomfortable and willing to be uncertain, to not know, to ask questions, to err and to fail, is the best and only way to learn, grow, progress and move forward.
Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator.
"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.
Key takeaways from this video:
Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way. Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe. Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject. Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made. Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.
Highly recommended for all curators. 9/10Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg&nbsp;
Critical thinking is a key component in addressing autonomous adversity and the need to collaborate in decision making.
Dr. Richard Paul defines the universal standards with which thinking may be "taken apart" evaluated and assessed. Excerpted from the Socratic Questioning Video Series from the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
Scientists are notorious for questioning the veracity of publicized research — and with good reason. They want to know: Who conducted the research? Where was it published? What were the survey questions?]
It’s that much more important when it comes to evaluating research in education that will affect the investment decisions of teachers, parents, and administrators.
By Paula Dention, EdD.
Language is one of the most powerful tools available to teachers. We can use language to stretch children's curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity, and independence. One effective way to do this is by asking open-ended questions -- those with no single right or wrong answer. Instead of predictable answers, open-ended questions elicit fresh and sometimes even startling insights and ideas, opening minds and enabling teachers and students to build knowledge together.
Instead of predictable answers, open-ended questions elicit fresh insights and ideas, and enable teachers and students to build knowledge together.