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Applying Cognitive Science to Critical Thinking among Higher Education Students

JM Lodge, E O'Connor, R Shaw, L Burton

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education | Published : 2015

Abstract

One of the main aims of higher education is for students to develop their analytical and critical thinking in order for graduates to function as competent professionals (e.g., Burton, Westen, and Kowalski 2012). The importance of this supposed generic skill is reflected in the ubiquitous inclusion of critical thinking as a graduate capability in universities (Moore 2011). While there exist many ways of defining and understanding critical thinking, at its core, critical thinking involves addressing our assumptions about how the world works. It is, therefore, essential for competent practice as a professional (Moon 2008). Without exposure to effective training in critical thinking, assumptions..

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