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Critical Thinking Guide: Why CT?

A guide to assist faculty with incorporating critical thinking into their instruction

Why Critical Thinking?

Critical Thinking is General Education Learning Goal #2 at Carroll Community College.

"In meeting the General Education Learning Goals, students will gain fundamental skills and core knowledge considered basic to all college-level work."

"Students will practice analytical and evaluative thinking with a view toward continuous improvement.  Toward attaining this goal, students will:

  • Independently identify problems and pose questions
  • Gather, read, evaluate, and integrate relevant information
  • Explore alternative perspectives and their implications
  • Draw well-reasoned conclusions"

Source:  CCC General Education Program Goals and Requirements

On Critical Thinking and Education

Dr. Richard Paul speaks on the need for critical thinking and discusses the definition of "education" in both its ideal state and its present state in today's society. This is excerpted from the Spring 2008 Workshop on Teaching for Intellectual Engagement.

How Thinking Works

"Dr. Derek Cabrera is an internationally recognized expert in metacognition (thinking about thinking), epistemology (the study of knowledge), human and organizational learning, and education. He completed his PhD and post doctoral studies at Cornell University and served as faculty at Cornell and researcher at the Santa Fe Institute. He leads the Cabrera Research Lab, is the author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a US patent. Derek discovered DSRP Theory and in this talk he explains its benefits and the imperative for making it part of every students' life."