Well, last semester I kept a journal for my class CCT 602: Creative Thought. This semester I’m doing the same for CCT 601: Critical Thought. I think that what I’m writing now is more interesting. I’ve been able to build on my work from previous classes, but somehow things seem to be coming together now. To indulge my narcissism, I’ve decided to post my papers right here on my blog—that way at least my grandmother can read them.
The Culture of Thinking
In this entry, I try to tease out some of the more obvious components of society. In doing so, I look for applications in a learning environment context. Values pop out as a the centerpiece of attention—and whether a classroom is structure to enable the learning and use of higher-order thinking skills is really a commentary on the values of the classroom. The implication is somewhat surprising: there is no such thing as a morally neutral education. Every action in a classroom is a statement of value judgment.
In particular, I introduce a concept of central importance to my later journal: a behavior space. After all, how can you “take me to Funkytown?”
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The first attempt to make a site devoted to culture of thinking….
From an educators position I am interested in finding ways to evaluate critical thinking in the adult learner. Outside of discourse such as this wonderful essay, what ways can a college instructor benchmark a student’s growth in critical thinking developmenet?