Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions
According to AAC&U's 2013 employer survey, 93% of employers agree that a candidate's "demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems" is more important than their undergraduate major. Likewise, more than three in four employers say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop critical thinking skills....more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Jossey-Bass
(first published October 18th 2011)
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This book is really, REALLY worthwhile, and not just for teachers, but for others who need to use critical thinking in their work and lives. Stephen D. Brookfield has a remarkably helpful definition of that much-defined and multi-meaning term "critical thinking," which is "clarifying and checking assumptions by viewing material from different viewpoints (p. 79)." He offers a simple and useful categorical scheme for orienting students (or his readers) to the various kinds of assumptions they will...more
I read this book for a faculty book club at the university where I teach. It was timely, as I have just returned to teaching after several years as an administrator. Brookfield gives concrete examples of and suggestions for teaching critical thinking, and I did things differently in my classes this term than I would have if I hadn't read this. But his writing style is too self referential and repetitive for my taste, at least in this book.