The Role of Critical ThinkingCRLFin the Online Learning Environment

Kelly Bruning, International Journal of Instructional Technology, Distance Learning, Jun 21, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Critical thinking," cites the author, "is the method of evaluating arguments or propositions and making judgments that can guide the development of beliefs and taking action." Having taught critical thinking for seven years I have by habit been leery of proposals to integrate critical thinking into the curriculum, not because I don't think it's a good idea, but because critical thinking isn't a discipline that can simply be picked up in passing, and because the proposals I have seen either misunderstand or misinterpret what is meant by critical thinking. So when Kelly Bruning published an article on the role of critical thinking in last month's IJITDL, I passed it over. Since then, as this month's IJITDL editorial notes, the article has seen a "surge of interest." Maybe so. According to the author, "The BUS105 Create-A-Problem exercise described in this paper incorporates critical thinking in the online environment to meet the goals of developing reflective critical thinking." Maybe - but I don't see it.CRLFCRLF
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