Critical Thinking: Theories, Methods and Challenges

Gerard Gibson

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology
BISAC: PSY008000




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Critical thinking, being a general competency, is usable in different professions and areas of human life. In most professions, the crucial ability is to be capable of problem-solving and decision-making. If one needs to make a decision, it is the critical thinking aspect that is most helpful in making the right decision. Nowadays, much more important than to know how to find information is the ability to meaningfully process it. Critical thinking includes higher-order cognitive operations, such as interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, explanation and self-regulation. The authors of this book examine the theories, methods and challenges of critical thinking and its applications in the real world.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1
The Use of Critical Reflection to Facilitate Optimal Best: A Theoretical Positioning for Consideration
(Huy P. Phan, The University of New England, Australia)

Chapter 2
Instructional Strategies to Promote Metacognition and Higher-Order Thinking Skills: The Importance of Reflection
(Carol Van Zile-Tamsen, State University of New York at Buffalo, New York, USA)

Chapter 3
Dialogical Critical Thinking with 5 to 12 Year-Old Pupils: A Continuous Epistemological Development
(Marie-France Daniel, and Mathieu Gagnon, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada, and others)

Chapter 4
Critical Thinking: The Use of Iconic Representation in STEM Labs
(Nicole Simon, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, USA)

Chapter 5
Teaching Strategies and Critical Thinking Abilities in Science Teacher Education
(Rui Marques Vieira and Celina Tenreiro-Vieira, Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Educação, Aveiro, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 6
Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Physics Classes
(Klára Velmovská and Lukáš Bartošovič, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Bratislava)


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