Critical Thinking Skills
In Texas, the Critical Thinking (CT) Skills objective is defined as including:
creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
The assessment of Critical Thinking Skills is required in ALL foundational component areas:
- Life and Physical Sciences
- Language, Philosophy and Culture
- Creative Arts
- American History
- Government/Political Science Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Component Area Option
Examples From Across Texas
Faculty Fellow Dr Jennifer Edwards talks about easy ways to incorporate Critical Thinking into College Classrooms.
In April 2017, Leap Texas hosted a week-long event dedicated to critical thinking and the sharing of experiences and resources:
- Faculty Fellows Dr Jon Lee and Dr Nakia Pope produced a paper taking a look critical thinking and the DQP in their paper: Thinking as a (Marketable) Skill: Using the DQP to Define and Assess Critical Thinking.
AACU’s VALUE Rubrics provide a good starting point for beginning to think about the design and assessment of Critical Thinking Skills. ACCU have organised a number of rubrics underneath the general heading of Intellectual and Practical Skills (see the list below) and institutions across Texas are using one or more of these rubrics to support their work with this core objective.