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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking has been organized around Halpern's (2003) framework for teaching critical thinking skills across disciplines. According to this framework, well-rounded critical thinking instruction helps students acquire:

- a critical thinking attitude or habit of intellectual deliberation;
- individual intellectual skills like analysis and inference;
- the ability to use these skills in new contexts, and
- the ability to reflect upon and evaluate one's own thinking (metacognition).

Helping Students Challenge Natural Categories

Summary: When analyzing something, one identifies how the parts of something relate to its whole.
Helping students question the "parts" and "wholes" in their lives can lead them to a more nuanced understanding of the world. Ask students to interview the people in their lives, to help reveal to them the variations that exist where they might have assumed uniformity. Experiences and examples of cross-culturalism can help students question the "given" categories in the world.

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