Monthly Archives: April 2012

Barriers to Critical Thinking: Challenges and Opportunities

The best critical thinking education available provides learners with the opportunity to acquire new thinking aptitudes and thinking attitudes. The successful learner emerges from their course work with different attitudes towards argumentation, reasoning and decision making, and new-found facility at performing these tasks. Yet in many cases, bright would-be critical thinkers still find themselves facing difficulties translating their new skills and knowledge into practice. Is there more that critical thinking educators can do to help learners to grow further? Are there holes in the standard curriculum that need to be addressed? I think there are. Before I offer my own suggestions for augmenting the standard curriculum, I need to acknowledge a couple of factors that in part account for why, even among those familiar with its methods, critical thinking has… Continue reading