One of the best graduate school midterms I ever took was given by my mentor and dissertation advisor, Dr. Vera John-Steiner. She is one of four Vygotskian scholars who edited Mind in Society* (1978) and has written extensively about his sociocultural approach to education.
Dear readers: Hiner and Bird-Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom is a PowerPoint that Dr. Amanda Hiner and Dr. John Bird presented at the 34th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform (July 2014). Dr. Hiner has published extensively about this topic and has distilled many of her idea in this presentation, which containsContinue reading “Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom”
Here’s what I know for sure about assessing critical thinking: There are several ways to go about it.
If you think about it—and you should—you will agree that reflections are a mighty and indispensible component of critical thinking.
We think that getting an education is all about answering questions when it’s really all about asking them.
To paraphrase a well-worn phrase from the Clinton administration about the economy, It’s the students, stupid!
Lots of people toss around the term critical thinking, assuming a shared definition. But even the experts can’t agree on one, and believe me, they can get pretty convoluted. Here are my two (short) favorites: