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Encouraging Critical Thinking - Tips - FaCET

Encouraging Critical Thinking

Tip Sheet No . 27

Feb 18, 1997

Dan Roenker, Psychology, &

Barry Brunson, Math

1. No rules for critical thinking will work for everyone. There is no single answer.

2. Be aware of the students' frame of reference.

3. Incongruity challenges students. "Tease" the class into thinking.

4. Give examples that have more than one correct answer.

5. Ask the students to generate examples of their own .

6. Talking isn't teaching; listening isn't learning.

7. Tell the students that it is okay to be wrong as a stage in their learning.

8. Ask students for specific examples and details that support their ideas, assumptions, and preconceptions. Ask "why?"

9. Perhaps critical thinking is knowing what questions to ask. 10. The biggest challenge of critical thinking is how to measure or evaluate it.

For more information about this workshop, contact the CTL staff or any of the following individuals who attended:

Bridgett Augustino, Kevin Autry, Eric Bronson, Angela Gonzalez, Ted Hovet, Timothy Miller, Michelle Randolph, Kelly Schindler, and Shelby Scruggs.

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching -- Phone (270) 745-6508 -- Fax (270) 745-6145.
Location: 1783 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101.
Mailing Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd #11095, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1095.
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