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ERIC Number: ED296770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Critical Thinking for Maryland Social Scientists: A Summary Report of Ideas and Resources.
Bell, James
Designed for community college social science instructors, this compilation of materials provides an overview of the literature on critical thinking. Following introductory comments, ideas are presented concerning the importance of teaching critical thinking, the conflicting opinions about the essence of critical thinking, the pros and cons of teaching critical thinking, problems in defining the concept, and seven steps involved in critical evaluative thinking. The next sections focus on: (1) seven considerations in deciding what to teach; (2) the components of critical thinking (i.e., understanding, analyzing and evaluating a secondary source; developing criteria to evaluate evidence; evaluating a primary source; and writing papers which require the creation of arguments and the evaluation of evidence); (3) ways to develop or reinforce students' disposition toward effective thinking; (4) the attitudes or characteristics of critical thinkers; (5) ways in which instructors can help students become better critical thinkers; (6) the assessment of thinking skills; and (7) ideas on initiating critical thinking instruction. Next, 13 examples are provided, illustrating class projects or individual assignments used by social science instructors to develop critical thinking skills. 250 references. (MDB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A