Arguably one of the most valued and sought after skills that students are expected to learn is critical thinking. The ability to think critically, and by extension solve problems and exercise effective decision making, is highly prized among employers and academics. Instructors and programs therefore face a lot of pressure to improve this valuable skill. So what does the research tell us about critical thinking?

First, it’s helpful to distinguish between two possible definitions of critical thinking. We can think of critical thinking as a general, non-domain specific, skill. In this view critical thinking is a general skill that can be developed and then applied in a range of situations and scenarios. It’s a general mode of thinking or being and refers to a relatively … Read More