ERIC Number: EJ680830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
Reference Count: 25
The Critical Thinking Debate: How General Are General Thinking Skills?
Higher Education Research and Development, v23 n1 p3-18 Feb 2004
This paper takes up the issue of whether the skill of critical thinking in university education is best thought of as a broad universal generic skill or rather as only a loose category taking in a variety of modes of thought. Through the linguistic analysis of some sample texts, I argue that the discourse of general thinking programs should not be thought of as a generalist discourse at all, but in fact a quite specific one. The implications both for the teaching and testing of critical thinking are considered in the light of this position.
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries, College Students, Higher Education
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