critical thinking

Ten Strategies for Improving Thinking Quality

Ideally, students’ progress through a degree program will build and inspire progress in their conceptual and cognitive development. As an instructor, you likely have a goal of helping students along this trajectory via the activities you design for your class. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, contributor Jane S. Halonen offers 10 useful strategies for helping students refine their thinking skills — and helping you reach your course goals. While you likely have many strategies of your own, you may benefit from the suggestions she makes, which we’ve summarized below: Make an explicit statement in your syllabus regarding your goal of helping Read More…


Critical Thinking – Critical Searching

Conducting an Internet search is certainly a quick way to find information — but once that search is done, it’s imperative to evaluate the trustworthiness of the results.
Even if you don’t have an extensive amount of time to devote to instruction on research skills or information literacy, there are some ways you can begin to provide students with the skills they need to distinguish accurate, authoritative material from that of a less trustworthy nature. For one such method, download an exercise from Constance Staley’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lectern, designed to help Read More…