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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill?  Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....

 

Robert H. Ennis, Author of The Cornell Critical Thinking Tests
“Critical thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.”

 

Assuming that critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do, a critical thinker:

 

1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Tries to be well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies conclusions, reasons, and assumptions
5. Judges well the quality of an argument, including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence
6. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position
7. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses; plans experiments well
9. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
10. Draws conclusions when warranted, but with caution
11. Integrates all items in this list when deciding what to believe or do

 

What are the principles of critical thinking?

 

- Knowledge is acquired only through thinking, reasoning, and questioning. Knowledge is based on facts.


- It is only from learning how to think that you learn what to think.


- Critical thinking is an organized and systematic process used to judge the effectiveness of an argument.


- Critical thinking is a search for meaning.


- Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.


- Do the above principles hold true and won’t change from one domain to the next?

 

Read more, very interesting:

http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/critical-thinking-2/

 


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Diane Darling's curator insight, July 1, 2015 8:42 AM

Definitely a skill to master!

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 1, 2015 9:53 PM

Both nature and nurture is my experience, in that nature provides the potential but the skill remains under-developed without nurturing. 

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, July 4, 2015 11:54 PM

An interesting post on critical thinking.  The post debates whether critical thinking is a skill or whether it can be taught.....also contains a couple of videos.

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About Critical Web Reader

About Critical Web Reader | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The Critical Web Reader (CWR) is designed to enable students, teachers, and schools to focus on effective teaching and productive learning using web information sources.
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Teaching Copyright- A MUST READ!

Teaching Copyright- A MUST READ! | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This curriculum is designed to give teachers a comprehensive set of tools to educate students about copyright while incorporating activities that exercise a variety of learning skills. Lesson topics include: the history of copyright law; the relationship between copyright and innovation; fair use and its relationship to remix culture; peer-to-peer file sharing; and the interests of the stakeholders that ultimately affect how copyright is interpreted by copyright owners, consumers, courts, lawmakers, and technology innovators.

 

The lesson plan concludes with a mock trial that tests the students' understanding of copyright and its limitations and encourages them to consider the positions of each party involved.

 

Gust MEES: A MUST READ...

 

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http://www.teachingcopyright.org/curriculum/hs

 

 


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Critical Thinking in Asynchronous Discussions

Critical Thinking in Asynchronous Discussions | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Editor’s Note: Greg Walker applies critical thinking theory and practice to asynchronous online discussions. As with the Murchu and Muirhead article, he explains the importance of writing, vocabulary, and reflection, and activities such as questioning and role plays. He also explores the facilitator role and how this differs in asynchronous online as compare to traditional classroom activities.

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Socrative | Student Response System | Audience Response Systems | Clicker | Clickers | Student Clickers | ARS | Mobile Clicker | Software Clicker

Socrative | Student Response System | Audience Response Systems | Clicker | Clickers | Student Clickers | ARS | Mobile Clicker | Software Clicker | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run.
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Metacognition - BrainFacts.org

Metacognition - BrainFacts.org | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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..."


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Everything You Wanted to Know (and More) About Critical Thinking

Everything You Wanted to Know (and More) About Critical Thinking | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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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http://www.criticalthinking.net/index.html

 


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Tuba Angay-Crowder's comment, May 26, 2012 10:19 AM
i love it! thank you so much. I will use it in my class.. this summer, I am teaching "Freakonomics" to them, and it is perfect time to introduce the site..
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Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines.

Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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.

 


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Critical Thinking On The Web

Critical Thinking On The Web | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A directory of quality online resources for critical thinking.

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Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking

Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.


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Why and How to Teach Critical Thinking - Tool Kits

Why and How to Teach Critical Thinking - Tool Kits | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
My hope is that we’ll put our energy into making critical thinking a central and essential part of classroom pedagogy.
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Control Anger Today » What Does it Mean to Think Critically?

Control Anger Today » What Does it Mean to Think Critically? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.

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How Big Is Infinity?

Using the fundamentals of set theory, explore the mind-bending concept of the "infinity of infinities" -- and how it led mathematicians to conclude that math itself contains unanswerable questions.


Lesson by Dennis Wildfogel, animation by Augenblick Studios.


View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-big-is-infinity

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Collaborize Classroom, A Free Online Learning Platform For Teachers and Students

I set up a free account and was up and running quickly. Collaborize Classroom was one of the best 'finds' from my time at the ISTE 2012 Convention in San Diego. Although they are targeting middle and high school teachers, everything they provide fits my needs as an e-learning instructor at the graduate level. ~ Dennis

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Academic Conversations - Stenhouse Publishers

Academic Conversations - Stenhouse Publishers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Academic Conversations,Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems.


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Using Interest-Based Negotiation - Magna Publications

Using Interest-Based Negotiation - Magna Publications | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Interest-based negotiation is a process that has proved to be effective in building on common experiences, focusing on interests and needs, and using a structured process of inquiry that leads to a deeper understanding of each person's viewpoint and learning while at the same time resolving issues, reaching agreement, and evolving a stronger relationship.
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Digital Stress and Your Brain » Online Universities

Digital Stress and Your Brain » Online Universities | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Having several tabs open at once on your computer may make you feel like you're getting more done, but multi-tasking can actually hinder more than it helps.

 


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CPO Science > Home

CPO Science > Home | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

CPO Science is pleased to provide educators with quality hands-on science programs.

You’ll find everything you need at CPO Science to teach a wide variety of science topics, organized for you in a complete, coordinated Teaching and Learning System.


Only CPO Science features completely integrated materials. Each system includes student text, investigations manual, equipment, teacher's guide, resource material and technology tools for planning and enhanced student learning.


Our learning system helps educators teach more effectively and provides all the tools you need!

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How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Powerful Learning Practice

How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Powerful Learning Practice | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"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.


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Zen and the Art of Metacognition: Quality-Based Discrimination, Peer Assessment & Technology | Academic Matters

Zen and the Art of Metacognition: Quality-Based Discrimination, Peer Assessment & Technology | Academic Matters | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.

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Using Debate to Develop Critical Thinking and Speaking Skills

Using Debate to Develop Critical Thinking and Speaking Skills | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
AP Economics teacher Riza Laudin facilitates frequent debates with her students on a variety of subject-area topics.

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Cool or fool? Which of these news stories are fake? | KurzweilAI

Cool or fool? Which of these news stories are fake? | KurzweilAI | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
OK, we admit it may not always be obvious, but KurzweilAI does not make up its news items. Really. Well ... except this time.
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Bloom's Taxonomy: Critical Thinking Skills for Kids

Bloom's Taxonomy: Critical Thinking Skills for Kids | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.


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Allison Hermann, PhD's comment, February 25, 2012 11:06 AM
It is important to understand the cognitive processes involved with reflection to truly use Bloom's Taxonomy effectively - see the link below:

http://www.saskschools.ca/~ischool/adapthandbook/learner/cdbrain.html
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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Edutopia

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Edutopia | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

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.


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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.