Critical thinking is a crucial component of the process of preparing future nurses. Yet their preparation heavily relies on the potentials of the educators. It is therefore essential to ensure that the educators enjoy knowledge and skills that qualify them to promote critical thinking among students. This book examines the critical thinking experience of nurse educators working in Jordanian Universities. A survey questionnaire consisting three parts was used in this study; the California Critical thinking Skill Test (CCTST), the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI), and the experience survey (ES). The CCTST measured critical thinking skills and the ES asked the participants to rate their practice of critical thinking. The ES included a qualitative component that invited nurse educators to describe a situation, which illustrated their experience of critical thinking in practice. The CCTDI measured disposition towards critical thinking.
The present book reports on an empirical study aimed at investigating critical thinking ability among EFL students. Moreover, the effects of gender, major, and critical thinking-oriented instruction through a critical reading program were examined. A better understanding of EFL students’ critical thinking ability helps teachers improve the instruction of critical thinking and consequently students can benefit from it.
Do people understand Critical Thinking across the world differently? or not? Critical Thinking could harm people life? or not? Critical Thinking could affect the society security? or not? What are the differences between Eastern Culture and Western culture in terms of understanding critical thinking? Does Teachers' perceptions affect the improvement of students critical thinking skills? All these questions are answered through this book.
By introducing current debates in the field of critical thinking and posing new questions from contributing scholars, Critical Thinking and Learning examines the received wisdom in the field of critical thinking and learning. Examines the different perspectives in the field of critical thinking and learning Provides insights into critical thinking by posing new questions from contributing authors Introduces cross-cultural viewpoints into the dominant 'western'-based educational viewpoint Highlights differences among a variety of thinkers in the field
Improving critical thinking is one of the purposes of education. Critical thinking helps learners’ deep understanding and hinders rote learning and banking education. Critical thinkers use problem posing education that is based on creativity and reflection. Approaches such as reflect teaching and learner-centered education are popular among teachers who believe in critical thinking which consequently may result in learners’ autonomy and whole language learning.
Scholars agree that applying critical thinking is a systematic way to solve problems. More often it is being used in both professional and personal settings; in classrooms, in clinical practices, in politics, in social issues and in relationships. Moreover, on a daily basis, we are infiltrated with information at the click of a button. Critical thinking can be applied to what we read, hear, see or communicate in order to know what to do. For decades, scholars have debated the definition of critical thinking as well as the application of critical thinking. Consequently, this book provides a comprehensive look at the definition of critical thinking and the application of critical thinking across disciplines. The book will be very useful to educators who are interested in learning critical thinking and teaching critical thinking to students. The book is also for students who want a competitive edge in critical thinking among their peers. Managers and trainers of employees can use critical thinking to find solutions to problems. Professionals in clinical practices, such as marriage & family therapists, licensed professional counselors, or social workers can also use this book.
This book explores perceptions of critical thinking and knowledge by New Senior Secondary Liberal Studies teachers in Hong Kong. The insights of the study have implications for the curriculum development and pedagogy, particularly regarding how we can improve training for the teaching of critical thinking. Factors such as work experience, personality, school training, and cultural identity affect ways of seeing, ‘critical thinking’ and ‘knowledge’. We can gain understanding of the difficulties and constraints of teaching critical thinking in Liberal Studies. The research is also a critical thinking process, which is explored in conversations with participants. The study asked them to reflect on what they thought and had experienced. The participants provided useful insights and suggestions into a better pedagogy in high order thinking.
Critical thinking is an essential life skill required by most people in today’s complex world. Development of critical thinking is important in preparing students for post-secondary education and for competing economically in the global environment. A number of studies in developed countries have advanced some strategies for fostering critical thinking, however, few studies have been conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, where this study was conducted, development of critical thinking is one of the objectives of teaching English in secondary schools. The purpose of this study was to explore how teachers of English in a secondary school foster critical thinking in their classes. The findings of the study revealed that while teachers acknowledge the importance of critical thinking in learning, they do not have a clear understanding of what it is.They were also aware of the suggested pedagogical practices for fostering critical thinking but these theoretical perspectives did not reflect in their teaching, as some of the practices were not fully explored.Teachers face challenges such as superficial understanding of critical thinking,time constraints among others.
Critical and Creative Thinking: A Guide for Teachers reveals ways to develop a capacity to think both critically and creatively in practical and productive ways. Explains why critical and creative thinking complement each other with clear examples Provides a practical toolkit of cognitive techniques for generating and evaluating ideas using both creative and critical thinking Enriches the discussion of creative and critical intersections with brief “inter-chapters” based on the thinking habits of Leonardo da Vinci Offers an overview of current trends in critical and creative thinking, with applications across a spectrum of disciplines
Train your brain for better decisions, problem solving, and innovation Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills is the comprehensive guide to training your brain to do more for you. Written by a critical thinking trainer and coach, the book presents a pragmatic set of tools to apply critical thinking techniques to everyday business issues. Think Smarter is filled with real world examples that demonstrate how the tools work in action, in addition to dozens of practice exercises applicable across industries and functions, Think Smarter is a versatile resource for individuals, managers, students, and corporate training programs. Thinking is the foundation of everything you do, but we rely largely on automatic thinking to process information, often resulting in misunderstandings and errors. Shifting over to critical thinking means thinking purposefully using a framework and toolset, enabling thought processes that lead to better decisions, faster problem solving, and creative innovation. Think Smarter provides clear, actionable steps toward improving your critical thinking skills, plus exercises that clarify complex concepts by putting theory into practice. Features include: A comprehensive critical thinking framework Over twenty-five «tools» to help you think more critically Critical thinking implementation for functions and activities Examples of the real-world use of each tool Learn what questions to ask, how to uncover the real problem to solve, and mistakes to avoid. Recognize assumptions your can rely on versus those without merit, and train your brain to tick through your mental toolbox to arrive at more innovative solutions. Critical thinking is the top skill on the wish list in the business world, and sharpening your ability can have profound affects throughout all facets of life. Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills provides a roadmap to more effective and productive thought.
A thoroughly updated introduction to the concepts, methods, and standards of critical thinking, A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is a unique presentation of the formal strategies used when thinking through reasons and arguments in many areas of expertise. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, the book offers a broad conception of critical thinking and explores the practical relevance to conducting research across fields such as, business, education, and the biological sciences. Applying rigor when necessary, the Second Edition maintains an informal approach to the fundamental core concepts of critical thinking. With practical strategies for defining, analyzing, and evaluating reasons and arguments, the book illustrates how the concept of an argument extends beyond philosophical roots into experimentation, testing, measurement, and policy development and assessment. Featuring plenty of updated exercises for a wide range of subject areas, A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition also includes: Numerous real-world examples from many fields of research, which reflect the applicability of critical thinking in everyday life New topical coverage, including the nature of reasons, assertion and supposing, narrow and broad definitions, circumstantial reasons, and reasoning about causal claims Selected answers to various exercises to provide readers with instantaneous feedback to support and extend the lessons A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking Deciding What to Do and Believe, Second Edition is an excellent textbook for courses on critical thinking and logic at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an appropriate reference for anyone with a general interest in critical thinking skills.
In this rapidly changing information, thinking critically is a vital requirement for individuals. In response to this, Indonesian EFL teachers are given responsibility to assist their students to acquire critical thinking skills while learning English. This is done to give them adequate practice in critical thinking so that they can actively participate in the international community particularly in the global workplace.This book presents results of a study aims to investigate students’ critical thinking as demonstrated in their argumentative essays. Argumentative writing has been believed as an effective means to portray students’ critical thinking. It assists students in making ideas of their own, clarifying opinions or beliefs and sorting out the evidence which are part of critical thinking realization. In addition, this book also provides explanation regarding students’ consciousness on their own critical thinking. In this sense, information regarding their awareness as to whether they show critical thinking and individual voice in their argumentative texts has been the object of this book to discuss.
This study focuses mainly on the relationship between proficiency in a foreign language and critical thinking skills. In Adult Second Language Acquisition (SLA)process learners utilize various language learning strategies, for example,inferencing, hypothesis testing, deducting, etc.,which correspond to the characteristics of critical thinking. The effective use of these language learning strategies may contribute to success in language language learning as well as critical thinking.
Critical thinking in today’s education is one of the primary goals of educational programs around the world. As a desired outcome, critical thinking allows students to be effective learners in the learning process, responsible citizens in their daily life and successful employees in the job market. Therefore, students need to be socialized to carry out research, make decisions and solve problems in the high school context before moving to university. Therefore, this book aims at intorducing a brief critical review about critical thinking and then analyzing two second year baccalaureate textbooks of English, namely Insights into English and Ticket to English to find out if they help high school students develop a degree of critical thinking.
There is an enormous body of work on Critical thinking skills and their application in various fields of human significance. the present book is about developing critical thinking skills in ESL/EFL learners for better learning outcome. The book mainly focuses on those critical thinking skills that can promote improved learning abilities in ESL or EFL learners. Cognitive developmental theories and critical thinking skills are the basis for the model to teach critical thinking for language pedagogy. the issues included in the book are principally concerned with the teaching techniques and designing tasks to accomplish the objectives of language teaching.