Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde October 2015, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 1 Number: 4, Article 4
CRITICAL THINKING: An Examination of the Status and Teaching Methods in Higher Education
Research is replete with the importance of critical thinking skills. The challenge for higher education is that the literature on how to teach critical thinking and the methods for teaching critical thinking are minimal by comparison. The purpose of the paper was to examine the current status of teaching critical thinking in colleges and universities and to identify effective methods for teaching critical thinking skills to today’s students. This examination is significant if higher education is to do an adequate job in teaching critical thinking skills to prepare students for contemporary society. The review of the literature identified methods used to teaching critical thinking skills in higher education. The review also revealed that faculty may be deficient in fundamental knowledge, methods for teaching, and how to teach critical thinking in the academy.