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Teaching, Telling, and Learning – Critical Thinking

Teaching, Telling, and Learning – Critical Thinking
Teaching, Telling, and Learning – Critical Thinking

All too often I find the instructors when teaching critical thinking spend far too much time telling the students what to think, or showing that by using critical thought skills they can only come to one right answer, the answer that the teacher shows to be the correct answer using the process that they are to use in the future.

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This might work very well for programming artificial intelligent decision-making software programs. But it doesn’t work very good for teaching human beings how they are to use critical thought skills in the future. When it comes to teaching critical thinking, there is a book I always like to recommend, and the name of the book is “Critical Thinking, Asking the Right Questions” and this book is part of the curriculum at the University of Phoenix and is used in the College of under Graduate Business and Management.

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You see, if we teach students to ask the right questions, then we will help their critical thought skills a lot more than if we just teach them the process, and then tell them which process to use. You can ask anyone who programs AI software for decision-making, and they will explain that their software can solve any problem no matter how complex by breaking it down into a series of questions.

However, either the individual doing the critical thinking needs to program in their own questions, or they need to buy a program which has the questions already entered. In this case, the questions become more paramount than anything else, and are as important as the process itself. If you are going to teach critical thought skills, you need to teach, and have the students learn that asking the right questions is paramount. Please consider all this.