Stephen Downes

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It is common for students to disguise their inability to comprehend a text by simply regurgitating text or citing evidence with little explanation. This post offers ways to help them improve by 'exploding' complex test. I would describe this as finding ways to critically analyze text (and it is a huge advantage to be able to do this naturally while reading). I used to do this a lot with my critical thinking students; I'd have them bring in clippings from the newspaper and we'd analyze them together. Now I would analyze this rather differently than Sunday Cummins does in this article, and I think there's a need for much wider critical reasoning skills on the part of both teachers and students. But the method is solid.

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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2021 01:39 a.m.