Can Critical Thinking Be Taught
On the other hand, contemporary psychologists of education are suggesting that critical thinking cannot be effectively taught (Willingham, 2008). Are there studies (with proper controls) that show that a course on critical thinking teaching the skill beyond standard domain specific problem-solving/fact-knowing courses?It seems like somebody's done a lot of literature pooling already: Is Rationality Teachable?
In-class discussions are essential, but they appeal to a certain type of learner.
Critical thinking is generally accepted as a primary goal of higher education (Mason 2007, Abrami et al. As educators, it is our responsibility to build these skills in our engineering students, or we will produce engineers who can pass courses but who cannot function in the workplace.
Therefore, both the teaching and evaluation of critical thinking skills are very important in an engineering curriculum (Douglas, 2012).
The next challenge, once you’ve defined it, is to teach it.
If critical thinking is such an essential academic standard in our society, as the Australian Curriculum and Common Core websites suggest, then we need clear examples of how to help our students meet it. But it most often shows up in three contexts: essay writing, class discussions, and assessment.