Critical Thinking Book Review


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This presentation by Dan Gutterud, a graduate student at Bemidji State University, is a review of the book--How to Improve Student Learning--by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder. Be sure to visit the blog at and visit the wiki at to read more about critical thinking

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Critical Thinking Book Review

  1. 1. Book review for ED 6117<br />by Dan Gutterud<br />Summer 2009<br />A Miniature Guide (For Those Who Teach) On How to Improve Student Learning30 Practical Ideas<br />by <br />Dr. Richard Paul <br />and <br />Dr. Linda Elder<br /><br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>Educational psychologist
  3. 3. President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking
  4. 4. Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking
  5. 5. Taught college level psychology and critical thinking
  6. 6. Presented to more than 20,000 educators
  7. 7. Co-author of four books, eighteen guides, and a column on critical thinking (“Fellows of the foundation”)</li></ul>Dr. Richard Paul<br />Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking, Director<br />National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, Chair<br />Author of eight books and 200+ articles on the subject.<br />University professor for over 20 years.<br />Recipient of numerous honors and awards (“Fellows of the foundation”)<br /> Dr. Linda Elder<br />Images<br />
  8. 8. Critical Thinking<br />“It is important for students be placed in situations in which they must apply what they are learning to personal experiences and situations”(Wetzel, 2008).<br />Image from<br />
  9. 9. Critical Thinking<br /> “No matter what your circumstance or goals, no matter where you are, or what problems you face, you are better off if your thinking is skilled. As a manager, leader, employee, citizen, lover, friend, parent — in every realm and situation of your life — good thinking pays off”(Elder & Paul, 2001).<br />Image from<br />
  10. 10. My Top Ten Practical Ideas for Improving Student Learning<br /> Of the 30 ideas in the book, these are the ten that I will focus on the most with my students. The ideas are numbered as they are in the book.<br />
  11. 11. Idea #6Think of Yourself as a Coach<br />Image<br />
  12. 12. Idea #2<br />Encourage<br />students <br />to think<br />about their<br />thinking<br />Image from<br />
  13. 13. Idea #15Ask questions<br />that probe<br />understanding<br />Richard Paul image from<br />
  14. 14. Idea #4Use engaged lecture<br />Image from<br />
  15. 15. Idea #12Design instruction so students engage in routine practice in internalizing <br />and applying the concepts they are learning <br />(and in evaluating their understanding of each)<br />Image from<br />
  16. 16. Idea #29Use tactics<br />that encourage active learning<br />Image from<br />
  17. 17. Idea #27Design tests with the improvement <br />of student thinking in mind<br />Image from<br />
  18. 18. Idea #18<br />Bring intellectual standards into daily use<br />graphic from<br />
  19. 19. Idea #9Make course work intensive for students not you<br />Image from<br />
  20. 20. Idea #10Relate content to issues, problems& practical situations in the lives of students<br />Image from<br />
  21. 21. YOU ARE INVITED!!<br />Be sure to go to my blog on this topic at:<br /><br />Please weigh in with your thoughts on critical thinking.<br />Also, visitmy wiki at:<br /><br />
  22. 22. References:<br />Elder, L. & Paul, R. (2001). Becoming a critic of your thinking. Retrieved June 16, 2009 from<br />Elder, L. & Paul, R. (2002). How to improve student learning: 30 practical ideas. DillonBeach, CA: The Foundation of Critical Thinking.<br />Fellows of the foundation for critical thinking: Dr. linda elder. (n.d.). Retrieved June 19, 2009 from<br />Fellows of the foundation for critical thinking: Dr.richardpaul. (n.d.). Retrieved June 19, 2009 from<br />Hoffman, S., John, E., Sellards, J. (2006) I don’t feel like Dancin’ [Recorder by Scissor Sisters]. On Tah-Dah [iTunes download]. London: Polydor.<br />Letterman, D. (Speaker). (n.d.). I have here a copy of tonight’s top 10 list (wav file). Retrieved June 20, 2009 from<br />Wetzel, D.R. (2008). 10 math teaching tips for elementary school. Retrieved June 8, 2009 from 10_math_teaching_tips_for_elementary_school#ixzz0JB6ZEgVj&C<br />