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Stephen Downes

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This article "analyzes the relationship between reading comprehension and the development of critical thinking, focusing on the education of high school students in Ecuador." I think it's a relationship that is understated. When I taught critical thinking, I often spent most of my time on comprehension; I found that once the article in question was well understood, students had no trouble determine whether or not it was flawed. This article quickly reviews definitions of comprehension and critical thinking and then outlines Ecuador's standing in these areas. The specific research studied 200 students between the ages of 12 and 16 to find the relationship between them and reported "a statistically significant, substantial, and positive linear correlation between the two variables." For my own part (and, I think, suggested in these results) I found that students were more inclined to put the effort into comprehension when they explicitly understood the payoff in effective critical thinking.

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