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ERIC Number: EJ1150236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Teaching Critical Thinking and Civic Thinking in a First-Year College Course
Stearns, Donald E.; Houlihan, Adam J.; Corbo, Christopher P.; Mosher, Roy H.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v28 n2 p193-222 2017
Two professors co-taught critical and civic thinking in the same first-semester course for four years. For the first year, they used computerized argument mapping and critical-thinking-for-civic-thinking (CT)[superscript 2] exercises based on open-ended scenarios framed within a civic context. The instructors assessed student skill levels using critical- and civic-thinking rubrics (on a 7-point Likert scale) and provided students general (CT)[superscript 2] feedback. For the next three years, the instructors replaced computerized argument mapping with in-class argument dissections using a scaffolding approach toward greater complexity, and they provided students with individualized (CT)[superscript 2] feedback. Pre- and post-semester evaluations showed that this latter approach greatly enhanced the development of students' critical and civic thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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