Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Critical Thinking Discussions

No topic is more discussed in education than critical thinking.  It certainly meshes with information seeking as any search involves critical thinking.  An Educause Quarterly article by Carol MacKnight profiles teaching methods and online learning (no.4 (2000), p.38+).  Some of the statements made in this article point to the Big Questions list I just posted - about dealing with information in today's intense environment.  Her statements:

  1. "The amount of information we receive daily increasing at an unimaginable rate."
    • Yes, we have data, but we don't have answers.
  2. "To build on what we already know, however, requires critical thinking.  Otherwise, we may fall prey to modern communication media, which present a world where the prepackaging of intellectual positions and views is so ingenious that thinking seems unnecessary."
    • Media literacy and the need to be savvy consumers of media
  3. "Collaborative learning claims that the active exchange of ideas within small groups not only increases interest among the participants but also promotes critical thinking."
    • We need to do this together.  Searching is a group activity.  Dialogue with the resource itself and dialogue with each other.  

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