Can We Teach Critical Thinking? If We Can, Should We?

Thursday, February 21
5:00 PM–6:30 PM

Location: Maryland Ballroom  A-D

While educators almost unanimously agree that critical thinking is a very important goal of undergraduate education, educators and researchers have debated the definition of critical thinking and what critical thinking really is. Huber and Kuncel (2016) argue that critical thinking and dispositions toward critical thinking improve with “normal college experiences,” even without instruction intervention. Therefore, curricula should not include additional time or resources spent on teaching domain-specific critical thinking. In this presentation, critical thinking will be defined, arguments pro and con for teaching critical thinking given, and techniques for teaching critical thinking presented.