Foundations for Critical Thinking

July 2015
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  • Publisher
    National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Published
    17th July 2015
  • ISBN 9781889271934
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Foundations for Critical Thinking explores the landscape of critical-thinking skill development and pedagogy through foundational chapters and institutional case studies involving a range of students in diverse settings. Establishing a link between active learning and improved critical thinking encourages all higher education professionals, in whatever context, to join the ongoing conversation regarding the state of today’s college students’ critical-thinking ability. Faculty will find strategies for developing successful teaching techniques to prepare students to face the challenges of a global economy and lead creative, productive, and fulfilling lives. Staff and administrators working with students in a variety of capacities will find insights for moving critical thinking development beyond the classroom.

“Critical thinking is one of the most popular catch phrases in higher education. This carefully crafted and insightful text will guide practitioners in not only understanding what is meant by critical thinking, but also in the design and implementation of meaningful learning experiences for their students.”

Brad Garner, Director of Faculty Enrichment, Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University

Notes From the Editor—Toni Vakos

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Beyond Critical Thinking: Teaching the Thinking Skills Necessary to Academic and Professional Success—William T. Daly
Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations for Critical Thinking—Barbara F. Tobolowsky
Chapter 3: The Process of Becoming a Critical Thinker—Christine Harrington
Chapter 4: Professional Development and Critical Thinking: Influencing
the How, Who, and What of Faculty Practice—Marc Chun
Chapter 5: How Do We Know Students Think Critically? —Trudy Bers

Part II: Critical-Thinking Case Studies
Introduction to the Case Studies—Toni Vakos
California State University, Monterey Bay—Enhanced Critical Thinking Using Collaborative Faculty Assessment of Student Work
The Community College of Baltimore County—A Proven Model for Assessing and Improving Critical-Thinking Skills
Purdue University—The Impact of Engaging Undergraduates in Course-Based Authentic Research Experiences
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey—Evolution of the Stockton Critical Thinking Institute
Seton Hall University—Fostering Critical Thinking: The Impact of Graduate Internships
Virginia Tech—Critical Thinking in the Disciplines: The First-Year Experience
University of South Carolina, Aiken—Think DEEP: A Critical Inquiry Program for First-Year Students
Washington State University—Engaging At-Risk First-Year Students in Critical Thinking and Scholarly Inquiry

About the Chapter Authors

Barbara F. Tobolowsky

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Christine Harrington

Dr. Christine Harrington is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at New Jersey City University. She co-coordinates a newly established Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program. Prior to this position, she worked at Middlesex County College for 18 years as a Professor of Psychology and Student Success, the Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, Coordinator of Student Success and a Counselor. She also served a 2-year term as the Executive Director of the Center for Student Success at the NJ Council of County Colleges. Dr. Harrington is frequently invited to present at conferences and at colleges and universities.

Marc Chun

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Trudy Bers

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William T. Daly

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