Jump to navigation. Sign up or login to use the bookmarking feature. These skills help students learn, and so they are vital to success in school and beyond. Critical thinking is focused, careful analysis of something to better understand it. Here are some of the main critical-thinking abilities:. Creative thinking is expansive, open-ended invention and discovery of possibilities.
Critical thinking is a 21st-century essential — here’s how to help kids learn it
Critical thinking is a 21st-century essential — here’s how to help kids learn it |
Many of us even use it regularly. And we probably all have a gut feeling of what 21st century learning or a 21st century education is. But can we define it? It might be easier to define it by first explaining what a 21st century education is not or what a 20th century education was—and still is in many places.
Should every child be taught to code? Attain fluency in Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi and English? If we want our children to have flexible minds that can readily absorb new information and respond to complex problems, he says, we need to develop their critical thinking skills. How can we encourage kids to think critically from an early age?
Carla Evans July 9, This is the fifth in a series of seven posts on instructing and assessing 21 st Century skills. This post focuses on critical thinking, one of the four critical 21 st Century skills addressed in the series. Full literature reviews on the four critical 21 st Century skills collaboration, critical thinking, complex communication, and self-direction along with all of the posts in the series can be found on the 21 st Century skills resource page on the Center for Assessment website. Educational philosophers from Plato and Socrates to John Dewey highlighted the importance of critical thinking and the intrinsic value of instruction that reaches beyond simple factual recall.