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Instructor’s Challenge: Moving Student beyond Opinions to Critical Thinking | Faculty Focus

Instructor’s Challenge: Moving Student beyond Opinions to Critical Thinking | Faculty Focus | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is defined as a reflective and reasonable thought process embodying depth, accuracy, and astute judgment to determine the merit of a decision, an object, or a theory (Alwehaibi, 2012). Creative thinking involves analysis, evaluation, and a synthesizing of facts, ideas, opinions, and theories. Possessing the capacity to logically and creatively exercise in-depth judgment and reflection to work effectively in the realm of complex ideas exemplifies a critical thinker (Carmichael & Farrell, 2012).

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:24 AM

I had a banner on my classroom wall for years. It read: "Learn how to think!"


In the conservative backwaters of Nevada this was considered a radical approach.  I even had a parent rant at me, "How dare you teach my child to challenge authority!"  


Still I persisted and can now smile knowing I've helped some of my students on the road to critical thinking.   


Is critical thinking a subversive activity in your school?  If so, be subversive! 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 6:31 AM

Good reading for anyone who works with students.

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Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

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2 Oct 11: Carl Sagan's books, including this one, are now available as ebooks from - but only for residents of the USA :(...

 

The following are suggested as tools for testing arguments and detecting fallacious or fraudulent arguments:


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Paige Jaeger 's curator insight, December 11, 2012 6:40 AM

Great idea that could actually be used to teach credibility.  Have your students create their own "Bologna Detection Rules"  based upon [book, teaching, etc.]