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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 Pros and Cons as an Entry into Analysis

Summary: When analyzing something, one identifies how the parts of something relate to its whole. "Pros and cons" is a phrase familiar to students that you can use to help them begin thinking in this way. For any case or issue, ask students to identify the pros and cons of various perspectives on the issue. This can help them understand the complex nature of most controversies.

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