Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking, Discussions, Thinking & Learning

Why Can’t I just Teach Critical Thinking?

The core abstract cognitive enabler that most academics and businesses professionals bemoan the lack of is critical thinking. So why can’t we just teach students critical thinking? Teaching students to think critically and critical thinking are not the same thing. Although thinking critically is a necessary part of critical thinking, students can learn to think … Continue reading

Critical Thinking, Other, Rational Thinking, Reason, Uncategorized

The Lethbridge consumption site: a lesson in prejudice and rumor gone awry.

Let's talk about an issue that no doubt has surfaced in many other areas around the globe but for the purpose of this article will be narrowed to a local scene, that I have witnessed first hand.  The recent opening of a safe consumption site within this city has caused quite a stir among the … Continue reading

4th Industrial Revolution, Cognitive Enablers, Metacognition, Socelor

Future of Work/Learning and Transferability

Transferability is a problem in every area of learning. One of the primary goals of any training or education is transferability. To paraphrase Bjork, we have is the need to produce and have available a mental representation of the knowledge or skill that allows for flexible access to that information in different settings. The problem … Continue reading

Memory

Human Learning and Memory

Remembering information is an important part of education. Not as important as education would lead us to believe, but it is still important. With the development of technology, memorization has declined in importance. However, education has not changed in any way to accommodate these developments and memorization is becoming more and more a central part … Continue reading

Cognitive Development, Cognitive Enablers, Creativity, Creativity and Conformity, Lecturing, Thinking & Learning

Jean Piaget on education

This article is going to be looking at education through the theoretical lens of the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. After learning about many of the various issues that surround modern education through many hours of conversations and collaboration with a professor and now colleague, who had taught in a fashion quite similar to what is … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking

Analytical Thinking = Critical Thinking – Since When?

Critical thinking is the most powerful problem-solving method ever devised and requires significant cognitive resources. It requires both concrete and abstract cognitive enablers and takes significant time to learn. There are a number of cognitive components that come together for critical thinking to occur. I define critical thinking skills by combining two definitions of critical … Continue reading