Tip #735:  Prompt Learners to Think

On August 20, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #735:  Prompt Learners to Think

“Efforts to develop critical thinking falter in practice because too many professors still lecture to passive audiences instead of challenging students to apply what they have learned to new questions.” Derek Bok

I just participated in a webinar with Ray Jimenez titled: Seven Key Questions to Bridge the Gap Between Learning and Application. His basic premise is that work is never static; it is situational. For this reason, he believes that teaching participants how to follow the steps to a process, for example, will not be helpful if there are barriers in the way. Participants need to work through real situations using trial and error, or what he terms “successive approximation,” to find solutions.

Jimenez offers four steps in the … Read the rest

Tip #681:  Critical Thinking

On July 21, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By , With Comments Off on Tip #681:  Critical Thinking

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” Christopher Hitchens

What if you were asked the question (with thanks to Tina Ahlgrim): “If your world only used 20 words, what would they be?”

How would you even begin to think of an answer?

Let’s see if critical thinking can help.

According to The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools by Richard Paul and Linda Elder, a well cultivated critical thinker does four specific things. We will take each in turn to see if it leads us to our twenty questions.

  1. “Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.”

What vital questions can we ask ourselves? How about:… Read the rest