ERIC Number: ED294480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Developing Critical Thinkers: Challenging Adults To Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting.
Brookfield, Stephen D.
A variety of methods are presented for developing skills for critical thinking, which is described as reflecting on assumptions underlying actions and considering new ways of looking at and living in the world. Critical thinking is viewed as not just an academic exercise, but a productive process enabling people to be more effective and innovative in four key areas of adult life: personal relationships, workplaces, political involvements, and responses to the media. The book contains three main parts: (1) Understanding Critical Thinking in Adult Life, which covers what it means to think critically, recognizing critical thinking and learning to think critically in adult life, and how critical thinking sustains a healthy democracy; (2) Practical Approaches for Developing Critical Thinkers, including effective strategies for facilitating critical thinking, helping others examine the assumptions underlying their thoughts and actions, and techniques for developing alternative ways of thinking; and (3) Helping Adults Learn to Think Critically in Different Arenas of Life, including using the workplace as a resource for thinking and learning, analyzing political issues and commitments, developing critical judgments about television reporting, encouraging active learning through personal relationships, and being a skilled facilitator of critical thinking. An epilogue addresses the risks and rewards of helping others learn to think critically. 400 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Adults, Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking, Higher Education, Individual Development, Interpersonal Competence, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Social Responsibility
Jossey-Bass Publishers, 433 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 ($21.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series.