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… Read More

Abstract Cognitive Enablers: The Way to Rise Above Technology.

A typical university class of roughly 400 students meets in a lecture hall for their bi-weekly factual feeding. The professor speaks, the Powerpoint slides are set on a crisp white background with red font, and students are scribbling down notes that are their lifeline for the upcoming exam, the supposed measure of learning. John, a… Read More

Relevance, recommendations, and expected outcomes

The next industrial revolution is going to disintegrate many jobs while also creating new ones in its wake. The skills that are going to stand out, and to a large extent be required, in the workforce of the near future, are detailed in an earlier post and are what we at Socelor are aiming to transfer to learners… Read More

Consensus: A Crucial Critical Thinking Skill.

Briefly, Consensus is a cooperative process in which group members can productively resolve issues, make choices or develop strategies. This leads a group to a mutual understanding, agreement to support a decision and takes actions to implement it despite different perspectives or disagreements on particular details (anonymous, n.d.). A consensus is not a vote or… Read More

Illusory Rational Thinking

Rational thinking is basic to our functioning human beings. Being able to consider the information available, organize it in a way that leads to a logical solution begins very early in cognitive development. With maturation, concrete rational thinking can become more sophisticated with the ability to consider more information in order to reach a decision.… Read More

Stagnant wells

Going through modern education after actually learning what it is missing and being one of the initiators of this institution, has pushed me to actually really dig into the issues that surround the field I have chosen to work in, that of psychology and education. One of the main problems that has bothered me is… Read More

Inquiry-Based Learning

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” – Lloyd Alexander. (Saiisha, n.d.) Questions are the necessary precedent to discovery or exploration. Science begins by asking questions as a form of intellectual exploration that seeks answers. Young children intuitively understand… Read More

The Role of Abstract Cognitive Enablers on Moral Development

At one time moral development was one of the central missions of higher education. Somehow, this part of the role of higher education got lost. Education was separated from religion, morals became ethics, and what was lost was the responsibility of higher education to bring goodness to society. Education has become valueless as far as… Read More