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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).

Using Your Lectures as Objects of Analysis

Summary: Early in the semester, give a lecture that illustrates a well-organized argument: overtly identifying your thesis, your supporting evidence, etc.. A few lectures later, do not identify those things for your students. After the lecture, have students work in small groups to indentify the structure of the lecture for you, and even critique the strength of the argument.

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