ERIC Number: ED350630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-11
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Critical Thinking by Way of General Semantics.
Drake, H. L.
By comparing Alfred Korzybski's and Richard Paul's approach to critical thinking, this paper presents a procedural example of how an individual can learn and develop expertise in human communicating. The paper offers various exercises beginning with select Korzybski general semantics communication theories and moving into critical thinking experiences. The approach outlined in the paper is suggested for students and faculty in classrooms as well as for persons who simply want to learn more about using general semantics and critical thinking as tools for observing, evaluating, and arriving at informed and fair judgments. The paper uses a PBS documentary, "In the White Man's Image" (about Native Americans) to point out how general semantics can be used in observing and analyzing, leading to more indepth critical thinking. To work out confusing and otherwise limiting symbolizing while communicating, the paper advocates using Paul's natural language approach aided by general semantics. The paper argues that selected general semantics devices can be used to counter what Paul sees as a weakness in Korzybski's overall theories. Nineteen references are attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies; General Semantics Paradigm (Korzybski); In the White Mans Image; Native Americans; Natural Language Communication; Paul (Richard)
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform (12th, Rohnert Park, CA, August 9-12, 1992).