ERIC Number: ED264093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Developing Critical Thinking Skills.
Hendrickson, A. Dean
In the fall of 1980, a course titled Developing Critical Thinking Skills was approved at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for offering as one of the options in the liberal education category called Communication, Language, and Symbolic Systems. This paper provides a description of the course (designed to provide experiences with methods and materials diverse enough to appeal to the needs of the different conceptual styles students have), the outline of course topics, and strategies used to teach the topics on the outline. Major areas are: the nature of critical thinking; the nature of thinking and intelligence; logical (if-then) reasoning; combinatorial reasoning; orderings and patterns; comparing and classifying; variation and rates of variation; analogies; and problem-solving. The first two topics are treated through lecture and discussion. The remainder of the course is a systematic involvement with each kind of reasoning process. Initial experience is given with concrete materials or game activity whenever suitable; symbolic representations and more abstract situations are gradually introduced. Students are assigned to groups of four or five for activities (which are described) and are given opportunities to serve both as a learner and a tutor within the group. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Thinking (Cambridge, MA, August 19-23, 1984).