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Critical Thinking

9780262538282

Critical Thinking

  • ISBN 13:

    9780262538282

  • ISBN 10:

    0262538288

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 04/07/2020
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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Summary

An insightful guide to the history, practice, and teaching of critical thinking for teachers, students, and aspiring critical thinkers everywhere

An MIT Press Essential Knowledge series title


Critical thinking is regularly cited as an essential 21st century skill, the key to success in school and work. Given the propensity to believe fake news, draw incorrect conclusions, and make decisions based on emotion rather than reason, it might even be said that critical thinking is vital to the survival of a democratic society.

But what, exactly, is critical thinking? Jonathan Haber explains how the concept of critical thinking emerged, how it has been defined, and how critical thinking skills can be taught and assessed. Haber describes the term's origins in such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, and science. He examines the components of critical thinking, including:

  • structured thinking
  • language skills 
  • background knowledge
  • information literacy
  • intellectual humility
  • empathy and open-mindedness

Haber argues that the most important critical thinking issue today is that not enough people are doing enough of it. Fortunately, critical thinking can be taught, practiced, and evaluated. This book offers a guide for teachers, students, and aspiring critical thinkers everywhere, including advice for educational leaders and policy makers on how to make the teaching and learning of critical thinking an educational priority and practical reality.

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