Paper or tablet?
With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.
UFO or lens flare?
It’s easy to attribute the wrong cause to a mysterious phenomenon. But science has some tools to help you avoid these attribution errors.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten after the leaders’ debate.
Why has the political debate become such an uninspiring event today? It’s difficult to find someone political who wants to genuinely argue for their position.
Is it possible to combat disinformation spread by Donald Trump?
EPA/Erik S. Lesser
Donald Trump has been known to spread misinformation. This gives us a great opportunity to hone our critical thinking skills.
You can’t rely on common sense.
How often have you been urged to use common sense during an argument or a debate? The problem is, common sense is an unreliable indicator of truth.
What constitutes liberal arts?
University of Central Arkansas
It is those who know how to think nimbly, creatively and responsibly that end up building extraordinary careers.
Exams aren’t testing 21st century skills.
To prepare teachers for the 21st century, we need to reform the way we assess children.
What will make students have faith in their professors?
Professors help students question their beliefs and assumptions. How should they build the trust?
We need to teach students to think critically about what they know.
A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond simple recall or learned procedures.
Our democratic ship of state is in bad shape.
Campaigns are now more focused on how to manipulate the electorate so you can govern as you see fit once you get power.
We want our children to be able to argue rationally.
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How can we make the most of the “why?” years and develop our children into effective inquirers and critical thinkers?
Keeping them interested.
Science lesson via CroMary/www.shutterstock.com
Training teachers to make science lessons more practical, creative and challenging benefits their students.
Pseudoscience: we should know better by now.
The pseudoscience, conspiracy theory and woo spreading across the world wreaks havoc on those that buy into it.
What? Eating chocolate doesn’t help lose weight? But I read it in the newspaper!
A recent hoax study suggesting chocolate helps people lose weight highlights many problems with the way science is conducted and reported by the media.
Socrates made people think, but he also made them rather irritated.
Earlier this year, the ethicist Walter-Sinnot Armstrong asked whether philosophers were out of touch with, even contemptuous, of ordinary people and everyday life. The picture he paints isn’t flattering…
If you think about it, producing graduates who can think critically is good for any society.
The ability to think critically benefits individuals and societies. Why, then, is it so rare for critical thinking to be taught in schools?
Are graduates getting value for their money?
US colleges are failing to prepare students for life in a competitive, globalized economy.
Something to ponder – how to teach critical thinking.
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Many teachers say they strive to teach their students to be critical thinkers. They even pride themselves on it; after all, who wants children to just take in knowledge passively? But there is a problem…
The delivery of factual information is a necessary condition to change minds, but it is not always sufficient.
Whether discussing vaccination, climate science, the state of the budget or educational reform, it is common to hear calls for “the facts”. The appealing simplicity of the word “fact” is instrumental in…