Develop Hyper-Connected Critical Research Skills for Higher Ed

For this article Justin Marquis, Ph.D. draws on his experience teaching education technology to undergraduates to offer advice on how to cultivate the critical thinking skills necessary to become a thoughtful and thorough student.

What exactly is critical thinking? You hear about it all the time as a valuable 21st Century skill that everyone should have, and one that a good education will help you develop. If it is so important, why aren’t there specific courses, seminars, self-help videos, or even whole schools focused on helping students develop it?

Students preparing primate DNA samples

Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis

Read more of Justin’s blog post here.

Typically a student will be asked to review a syllabus on the first day of class that lists critical thinking as a skill that is necessary for success. Yet, it often goes unmentioned what exactly constitues critical thinking as it pertains to the class. This phrase often seems like an umbrella term that is thrown around because it sounds impressive but in reality is hard to define method of reasoning.

Thinking back, what have been some of your experiences learning and applying critical thinking skills? Is this something that you were specifically taught? Is it inherent or the result of building your observational and reasoning skills over time? Did Justin’s post offer relevant advice on developing your critical thinking skills? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

Be sure to read Justin’s follow-up  “Applying Hyper-Connected Critical Thinking in Higher Education”

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