BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Infusing Critical Thinking Into Your Course

A Concrete, Practical Approach

Paperback
March 2021
9781642671698
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    Stylus Publishing
  • ISBN 9781642671698
  • Language English
  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 4 illustrations
$29.95
Hardback
March 2021
9781642671681
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  • ISBN 9781642671681
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  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 4 illustrations
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March 2021
9781642671704
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    Stylus Publishing
  • ISBN 9781642671704
  • Language English
  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 4 illustrations
$125.00
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March 2021
9781642671711
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  • Language English
  • Pages 168 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 4 illustrations
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Critical thinking—every scholar in the literature has defined it, but there is no clearly agreed upon definition. No wonder polls and surveys reveal that few college-level faculty can define critical thinking or know how to teach it. Still, critical thinking keeps appearing in accreditation standards and surveys of the skills employers seek in college graduates.

 

The good news is that we do know that critical thinking can be taught. But the concept cries out for the simplification, translation into discipline-relevant course outcomes, tangible teaching strategies, and concrete assessment techniques that this book will provide.

 

Like a course or a workshop, this book proposes learning outcomes for the reader—promises of what the reader will be able to do after reading it. These include:

 

•         explain what critical thinking is in simple terms;

•         convincingly explain to students why it is important for them to learn critical thinking, and, if they tune out, what they stand to lose;  

•         overcome the challenges that teaching critical thinking presents;

•         identify the type of course content to which critical thinking can be applied and, therefore, that readers can use to teach critical thinking;

•         integrate critical thinking into the design of a new or existing course in any discipline;

•         write assessable critical thinking learning outcomes that are compatible with and make sense in any discipline;

•         select and adapt activities and assignments that will give students no- or low-stakes practice with feedback in critical thinking using a variety of questions, tasks, and teaching methods.

Dedication
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface

1) Promoting Critical Thinking to Your Students: Being Nobody’s Fool
2) The Critical Thinking Literature: A Sticky Thicket
3) Ten Reasons Why Teaching Critical Thinking Is so Challenging
4) Formulating Critical Thinking Learning Outcomes
5) Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking: Fostering Your Students’ Cognitive Awareness
6) Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking: Asking Your Students the Right Questions
7) Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking: Using the Most Effective Methods
8) Assessing Your Students’ Critical Thinking with Objective Items
9) Assessing Your Students’ Critical Thinking with Constructed-Response Questions and Tasks
10) Assessing Your Students’ Critical Thinking: Using Rubrics for Constructed Responses
11) Assessing Your Students’ Critical Thinking: Using Specifications Grading for Constructed Responses
12) Critical Thinking and the Promise of Higher Education

Appendix: Discussion Activities for Various Purposes
References
About the Author
Index

Linda B. Nilson

Linda B. Nilson is founding director emeritus of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, now in its fourth edition.

higher education; teaching; pedagogy; critical thinking