Educational institutions, accrediting bodies, students and employers all agree: students need to develop better critical thinking skills.
Modern-day access to instant answers means many of us are falling behind in our ability to ask the right questions or analyse the answers we get.
Critical Thinking is not just a “nice to have” skill in the 21st century, it is essential.
We live in an age where we have more information at our fingertips than ever before and more opportunity to communicate with people across the globe.
How can schools give their students a competitive advantage in a tight job market?
Educational institutions across the country are looking for solutions –new ways to teach critical thinking, measure student learning and demonstrate efficacy.
The good news is that there is substantial evidence showing that critical thinking can be improved with training.
Research also suggested that improving critical thinking ability has a knock-on effect in improving problem-solving ability, openness, creativity, organisation, planning and making the right choices in life.
The next steps involve identifying quality resources to support educators, reaching agreement on when and how to integrate critical thinking into the curriculum, and having much deeper discussions between corporations and educators on what critical thinking looks like in the work setting.
These actions will enable students to become well-prepared employees and citizens.