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Much has been learned about effective teaching strategies that lead to demonstrable student gains in critical thinking in the two decades since educators have focused increased efforts on training critical thinking skills and habits of mind.

Opportunities to teach critical thinking span every kind of educational discipline and professional specialty:

Look under Critical Thinking Resources on our website.  We provide a selection of resources for those engaged in teaching for and about thinking. You'll find discussions of what critical thinking is, lists of research about critical thinking, and practical strategies that have proven valuable for training excellence in reasoning and judgment that can be applied across disciplines and settings, in teaching and training pe...

Many companies are committed to improving the quality of employee decision-making and problem solving. 

INSIGHT Development Program is designed to help these employers build critical thinking in teams as well as individuals.  Online training modules developed by senior educators and researchers focus on core...

College Level  sample critical thinking skills questions and sample items for measuring thinking attributes are available for review in the Resources tab on our website....

Rubrics are rating forms designed to capture evidence of a particular quality or construct. The quality of the measure obtained from a rubric depends on how well it is designed. If the rubric is poorly designed, the rating is confounded or inaccurate. The quality of the rubric is also affected by the skill of the rater using the rubric.  When using a rubric it is necessary to train and calibrate the raters to use the rubric well to ass...

Rubrics are rating forms designed to capture evidence of a particular quality or construct. The quality of the measure obtained from a rubric depends on how well it is designed. If the rubric is poorly designed, the rating is confounded or inaccurate. The quality of the rubric is also affected by the skill of the rater using the rubric.  When using a rubric it is necessary to train and calibrate the raters to use the rubric well...

The Holistic Critical Thinking Scoring Rubric (HCTSR) is a rating measure that can be used to assess the quality of critical thinking displayed in a verbal presentation or written text.  One would use the HCTSR to rate a written document or presentation where the presenter is required...

Whether you are looking for a presenter or thinking about developing a workshop which your own people would conduct, please contact us to discuss your faculty workshop project.  For more than 30 years we have assisted institutions with faculty workshops.  We can connect you with nationally and internationally recognized critical thinking workshop presenters and consultants.

Critical thinking skills are a significant factor in student success in every college level major, discipline and professional field. Regional and professional accreditation standards address critical thinking which may just be the most important college level student learning outcome.   Student Affairs can meaningfully partner with Academic Affairs in the development of student critical thinking.  

Which Student Aff...

Knowing that the transition to college life often entails a steep learning curve, many colleges and universities teach a Freshman Studies course in 'college survival skills.'  Topics often cover communication skills, learning strategies, and critical thinking skills.

Your Freshman Seminars should include critical thinking because:

  1. Strong critical thinking skills and positive critical thinking habits of mind are vita...

Creating a training program to help groups of employees improve their skills to support effective job performance can be an important step in employee development programs.

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