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ERIC Number: ED361761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 34
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Critical Thinking Theory and Research: A Movement in Search of Itself.
Manuto, Ron
The effort to strengthen the critical thinking skills of students in the last two decades has led to an abundance of instructional programs instituted across disciplines and integrated into core curricular requirements at United States colleges and universities. There is no theoretical consensus about what critical thinking is; neither is there a consensus about what standards or rules are needed to guide the differences between "good" and "bad" reasoning. Whether or not theorists and researchers address the issue, critical thinking is a function of intellectual performance. Differences across groups or populations are either largely inherited, learned, or some combination of both, the precise breakdown of which is still not fully understood. The theoretical notion that the brain and the exercise of its potential is somehow immutable is a myth. Those who argue that environmental and social influence are the only controlling elements of the explanation of intellectual performance are equally narrow in their analysis. The research in critical thinking, though well-intentioned and important, is in its infancy. If valid and effective programs are to be developed at all levels of education, then a more effective interdisciplinary approach appears a necessity, one that includes biologists and neurologists. (Contains 34 notes.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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