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

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Experiences from inside the classroom

This is a personal experience blog post of things I have noticed during my time in post-secondary education. There is an implicit method within modern education that covers up the fact they are not really teaching critical thinking. Part of this is class participation being the bare minimum, encouraging maybe a small amount of class … Continue reading

4th Industrial Revolution, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Enablers, Creativity, Creativity and Conformity, Critical Thinking, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Metacognition, Rational Thinking, Reason

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 … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking, The Science of Learning, Thinking & Learning

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Deductive Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Metacognition, Rational Thinking, Reason

Higher Order Thinking Skills

Although many higher education specialists expect that students should arrive at university or college with critical thinking abilities, they don’t. The myelination of the frontal lobes enables abstract thinking with 60% of grade 12 students only above to understand and manipulate two abstract concepts simultaneously. Higher order thinking skills rely on the ability to understand … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods

Critical Thinking, Critical Analysis, and Critique – Same or Different?

Unfortunately, for many naïve teachers and students, these three things are thought of as the same thing. They are not. They are two different things (two of these things are closely related – one of these things just doesn’t belong). I can’t tell you how many scholarship applications that I have read from incoming first-year … Continue reading

Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking and Sources of Evidence

I have posted several times about critical thinking in higher education today (or not), but have ignored a critical component of critical thinking – evidence. Even though critical thinking skills are missing in a significant proportion of our graduates, there is still a significant number who have gained critical thinking skills. We know that the brain, as … Continue reading