Achieving Critical Mass @timeshighered

“Almost 70 years after Edward Glaser conducted the first official study on critical thinking, we are still a long way from realising it in the typical university classroom.

Glaser argued for the importance of critical thinking in education. Critical thinking, according to him, “calls for persistent effort to examine any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the evidence that supports it and the further conclusions to which it tends”.

It requires an ability to recognise problems, to find ways to tackle those problems, to gather relevant information, “to recognise unstated assumptions and values, to comprehend and use language with accuracy, clarity, and discrimination, to interpret data, to appraise evidence and evaluate arguments…to reconstruct one’s patterns of beliefs on the basis of wider experience, and to render accurate judgements”.”

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