Critical Thinking Terms

Since then, it has continued to import and borrow words and expressions from around the world, and the meanings have mutated.

(Awesome and awful once meant nearly the same thing.) Some specimens in the English vocabulary have followed unusually circuitous routes to their place in the contemporary lexicon, and this series, Lexical Investigations, unpacks those words hiding in our midst.

When we turn from higher education to the K–12 system, we see that the focus on skills over knowledge has transformed the curriculum.

Increasingly, especially under the Common Core State Standards, students devote their energies to learning skills, but they may not learn as much history or civics or science.

Learning dexterity absent actually playing guitar is not particularly valuable.

It certainly does not mean that one can play guitar, nor that one has understood guitar or embraced the purpose of studying guitar.

Though the phrase critical thinking wasn’t coined until the early twentieth century, its principles can be traced back to Aristotle.

But if that’s the case, why does one really need to know anything about anthropology or This is not an abstract question.

It could be used for an overall critical thinking curriculum outline, or as a comprehensive table of specifications for critical thinking assessment.” —Robert H.

Ennis, “An Outline of Goals for a Critical Thinking Curriculum and Its Assessment” (2002) A motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries.

2 In doing such thinking, one is helped by the employment of a set of critical thinking dispositions and abilities that I shall outline, and that can serve as a set of comprehensive goals for a critical thinking curriculum and its assessment.

Pedagogical and psychometric usefulness, not elegance or mutual exclusiveness, is the purpose of this outline.

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