This web site provides personal, practical, and published materials
collected to help you cultivate critical thinking skills in your
students, especially first-year students.
How these materials are organized
These materials are contained in 14 modules--ten focused on specific critical thinking skills, and four on specific teaching methods. These modules are then categorized using Halpern's (2003) framework for
teaching critical thinking skills across disciplines. According to this
framework, well-rounded critical thinking instruction helps students acquire:
- a critical thinking attitude or habit of intellectual deliberation;
- individual intellectual skills like analysis and inference;
- the ability to use these skills in new contexts, and
- the ability to reflect upon and evaluate one's own thinking (metacognition).
In each module, you will find:
Teaching critical thinking means giving students intentional challenges and
supportive practice overcoming those challenges using specific
intellectual skills. Equipping you with insights and tools to help your students through this process is the purpose of these modules.
Use the links at the top of the page to navigate and begin!
Halpern, D.F. (2003). Thought and knowledge: An introduction to critical thinking (4th Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.