Critical thinking approach

Searching for evidence of critical thinking in discourse has roots in a definition of critical thinking put forth by Kuhn (1991), [37] which places more emphasis on the social nature of discussion and knowledge construction. There is limited research on the role of social experience in critical thinking development, but there is some evidence to suggest it is an important factor. For example, research has shown that 3- to 4-year-old children can discern, to some extent, the differential creditability [38] and expertise [39] of individuals. Further evidence for the impact of social experience on the development of critical thinking skills comes from work that found that 6- to 7-year-olds from China have similar levels of skepticism to 10- and 11-year-olds in the United States. [40] If the development of critical thinking skills was solely due to maturation, it is unlikely we would see such dramatic differences across cultures.

Yes, reason is useful, it is noble and desirable, it should be highly valued and carefully developed.  But we should keep things in perspective, regarding what reason can accomplish.  Probably most of us will agree with Paul (about the value of critical thinking) but also with the majority of experts, who conclude that becoming skilled at critical thinking does not guarantee that this powerful tool will always be used for the benefit of others.      { What are the relationships between Critical Thinking and Worldviews ? }

Critical thinking approach

critical thinking approach


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