ERIC Number: ED301287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
L.A.N.D. Critical Thinking Workshop with Applications for Developmental Students.
Wilson, John K.
Guidelines are provided for the development of a community college course in critical thinking. The first sections offer an overview of the nature and basic concepts of critical thinking, indicating that: (1) the skills developed in critical thinking classes include the ability to formulate a clear statement of a thesis or problem, evaluate evidence in accordance with the canons of inductive and deductive logic, view a particular problem in a larger context, and generate alternative hypotheses in relation to the problem; (2) during their college years, students advance through phases characterized by basic dualism, relativism, and commitment; (3) classes should take into account students' subjective input and the conceptual, perceptual, and largely subjective impact of language; and (4) deductive and inductive logic serve as analytical tools for critical thinking. The final sections contain suggestions for introducing critical thinking skills in developmental classes. Organizational suggestions stress the value of small group work, the completion of initial assignments in class, and required attendance. A course description is presented next, covering attendance and grading policies and providing a brief outline of course objectives and content. Finally, a list of 12 student assignments is provided. (AJL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Charles Stewart Mott Community Coll., Flint, MI.