Critical Thinking Vocabulary

I am also convinced that the most effective teachers find ways to improve the thinking skills of their students by showing them how to make connections between new information or subject-matter content and the information and understandings they have already acquired.

The outcome is invariably genuine learning.- critical thinking refers to reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do.

Generating skills: core thinking skills that involve producing new information, meaning, or ideas.

Identifying attributes and components: determining characteristics or parts of something.

The vocabulary below and the definitions are intended to help the prospective teacher sort out the various aspectd of thinking skills and terminology associated with curriculum and instructional decision making.

When preparing lessons, almost without exception, good teachers seek to help students acquire thinking skills that relate to the content of the lesson and, if possible, extend beyond it.

The variables related to thinking skills are themselves quite formidable, and there is no shortage of opinion about that.

Having both developed and taught thinking skills courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, I have a few ideas and opinions about this area, and perhaps a good way to begin is to start with the fundamentals, so...

Attitudes: personally held principles or beliefs that govern much of one's behavior.

Classifying: grouping entities on the basis of their common attributes.


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