I ran head first into this piece of nonsense the other day:
What is critical thinking? It’s the ability to:
- solve problems
- make products that are valued in a particular culture
- be flexible, creative, and original
- think about thinking
- locate the appropriate route to a goal
- capture and transmit knowledge
- express views and feelings appropriately
Um. No. That isn't it at all. Critical thinking isn't really any of these things.
Fortunately, you don't have to look too far to find a much better definition of critical thinking. But it is a struggle to find ideas on how to actually teach it. And although most sites work off a better conception of what the skill of critical thinking involves, the learning activities they suggest are, unfortunately, mostly not about critical thinking at all.
The ideas below are my thoughts on better ways to teach critical thinking.
(Please note: The table below is an image, and hyperlinks are not live. For a list of clickable links, scroll to the end.)