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Critical Thinking Pillar Project

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  • 1. Critical Thinking in the 21st Century by Eric Starr, Hollie Keesee, and Kelli Hudnall
  • 2. What is Critical Thinking? Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.
  • 3. Importance in Education • Do Away With Memorization • Asking Why? • Collaborating Ideas • Wanting to Learn the Material
  • 4. Application Engage students in assignments that stray away from activities such as testing and worksheets to promote thinking and problem solving skills that allows students to think outside the box and explore a topic together.
  • 5. Example of Application • • • Classroom blogs Discussion boards Group projects Rather than: Tests Papers • •
  • 6. Detailed Example of Application - Students create a group blog of the most important things Ben Franklin accomplished. - Ex. One group would mention his role in the American Revolution rather than him creating the U.S. Postal Service. - Other students will be asked to comment on these posts and explain if they agree or disagree with their statements. - This is a way for students to think critically while learning new materials. This is overall a better option than giving the students a test and asking them to list dates, inventions, etc.
  • 7. Works Cited Glaser, Edward M. "Defining Critical Thinking." The Critical Thinking Community. Foundation for Critical Thinking. 2012. Web. 3 Dec. 2013 < http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766 > Kharbach, Med. “What Does Critical Thinking Mean in Education?” 2012. Web. 3 Dec. 2013 <http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/09/critical-thinking-learning.html> Mabe, Lisa. “The Importance of Applying Critical Thinking to Children's Learning .“ Surry Community College. Web. 4 Dec. 2013 <http://www.surry.edu/portals/0/mabe_importance.pdf> Strategies and Tactics for Critical Thinking." CriticalThinking.NET. Ed. Robert H. Ennis. N.p., Nov. 2013. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <http://www.criticalthinking.net/howteach.html>

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