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ERIC Number: ED467759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 14
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Critical Thinking as Miracle Tonic: Selling Snake Oil in Education.
Hyslop-Margison, Emery J.
This paper proposes that the current interest in critical thinking is based on important conceptual, epistemological, and procedural confusions. It suggests that the attempt to identify a successful critical thinking construct mirrors the search for miracle tonics often peddled by snake oil salesmen as a medicinal cure-all. It goes to suggest that rather than attempting to rehabilitate the critical thinking discourse in some new fashion, educators and researchers simply abandon the discourse in its entirely to avoid the various fallacious assumptions it embodies. To best serve the interests of students, the paper recommends placing emphasis on more traditional concepts such as knowledge and subject understanding. The paper focuses on critical thinking and skill transfer; direct reference theory and critical thinking; Cartesian dualism, category mistakes, and critical thinking; and heuristic strategies and critical thinking. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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