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The Critical Thinking Initiative

The Critical Thinking Initiative

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The Critical Thinking Initiative

The Critical Thinking Initiative

The Critical Thinking Initiative

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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Episodes focus on all areas related to meaningful education, with a focus on cutting-edge, research-supported ways to improve critical thinking in any discipline.

Latest Episodes

How Humans Learn

Join us for an exciting announcement and an interview with John Eyler, Ph.D., author ofHow Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching. Wishing everyone wellness, safety, and satisfying teaching (or a much needed break!) in this time of COVID.

24 minJUL 7
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How Humans Learn

Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

Given the sudden mass migration to online learning because of COVID19, The Critical Thinking Initiative offers this brief, "emergency" podcast about simple measures every instructor, K-Ph.D.--can take to ensure that the online learning experience is a positive one for the students. Please feel encouraged to share this one with everyone you know who has suddenly had to transition their teaching online.

15 minMAR 22
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Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

Steve and Dave delve into recent research on critical thinking growth throughout college. Learn the extent to which it is happening and why. Warning: this episode may contain some ranting.

29 minJAN 7
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Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

How to offer students feedback. Or not.

Steve and Dave tackle the complex issue of how to respond to student work effectively. Spoiler alert: It's somewhere between a pat on the back and psychiatric analysis.

33 min2019 DEC 6
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How to offer students feedback. Or not.

Getting Thoughtful About Mindfulness Education

Mindfulness education is gaining popularity in academia, but does helping students get their Zen on also help them to think critically? Take some deep breaths, find your center, and start listening!

22 min2019 NOV 21
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Getting Thoughtful About Mindfulness Education

Critical Issues about Critical Thinking

Steve and Dave engage an article by Daniel Willingham about whether or not, and how, critical thinking can be taught. This podcast strikes deep into critical thinking education, taking on essential questions concerning transfer, deep structure, disciplinarity, and content knowledge. How should we fundamentally conceptualize critical thinking's presence in the educational process?

27 min2019 OCT 17
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Critical Issues about Critical Thinking

Do Grades Hinder Learning?

Steve & Dave respond to an article and, more broadly, to the "ungrading" movement, which assert that grades interfere with deeper learning. Listen in to find out why grades do, don't, and shouldn't hinder learning, and how we can use them constructively. Also, a little known fact about Zeus.

25 min2019 OCT 9
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Do Grades Hinder Learning?

Straight from the Wyoming Institute

Several faculty members from the University of Wyoming share their perspectives on critical thinking after a three-day workshop with Dave and Steve. This is a rare opportunity to listen to other educators' perspectives on incorporating critical thinking into their teaching practice.

39 min2019 SEP 9
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Straight from the Wyoming Institute

Should thinking really be "critical"?

Dave and Steve engage the questions and critiques around whether or not the term "critical" is the best one for the kind of thinking we want students to do. Do its connotations outweigh its intention? Is there a term that's better?

28 min2019 AUG 17
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Should thinking really be "critical"?

Wicked Problems: An Interview with Jackson Nickerson

Steve and Dave welcome Jackson Nickerson, Ph.D., who is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin School of Business, and who founded the Leading Thinking program through Brookings Executive Education. This is a powerful conversation that culminates in the many risks for our students if we fail to forge forward with thinking-driven learning.

35 min2019 JUN 7
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Wicked Problems: An Interview with Jackson Nickerson

Latest Episodes

How Humans Learn

Join us for an exciting announcement and an interview with John Eyler, Ph.D., author ofHow Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching. Wishing everyone wellness, safety, and satisfying teaching (or a much needed break!) in this time of COVID.

24 minJUL 7
Comments
How Humans Learn

Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

Given the sudden mass migration to online learning because of COVID19, The Critical Thinking Initiative offers this brief, "emergency" podcast about simple measures every instructor, K-Ph.D.--can take to ensure that the online learning experience is a positive one for the students. Please feel encouraged to share this one with everyone you know who has suddenly had to transition their teaching online.

15 minMAR 22
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Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

Steve and Dave delve into recent research on critical thinking growth throughout college. Learn the extent to which it is happening and why. Warning: this episode may contain some ranting.

29 minJAN 7
Comments
Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

How to offer students feedback. Or not.

Steve and Dave tackle the complex issue of how to respond to student work effectively. Spoiler alert: It's somewhere between a pat on the back and psychiatric analysis.

33 min2019 DEC 6
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How to offer students feedback. Or not.

Getting Thoughtful About Mindfulness Education

Mindfulness education is gaining popularity in academia, but does helping students get their Zen on also help them to think critically? Take some deep breaths, find your center, and start listening!

22 min2019 NOV 21
Comments
Getting Thoughtful About Mindfulness Education

Critical Issues about Critical Thinking

Steve and Dave engage an article by Daniel Willingham about whether or not, and how, critical thinking can be taught. This podcast strikes deep into critical thinking education, taking on essential questions concerning transfer, deep structure, disciplinarity, and content knowledge. How should we fundamentally conceptualize critical thinking's presence in the educational process?

27 min2019 OCT 17
Comments
Critical Issues about Critical Thinking

Do Grades Hinder Learning?

Steve & Dave respond to an article and, more broadly, to the "ungrading" movement, which assert that grades interfere with deeper learning. Listen in to find out why grades do, don't, and shouldn't hinder learning, and how we can use them constructively. Also, a little known fact about Zeus.

25 min2019 OCT 9
Comments
Do Grades Hinder Learning?

Straight from the Wyoming Institute

Several faculty members from the University of Wyoming share their perspectives on critical thinking after a three-day workshop with Dave and Steve. This is a rare opportunity to listen to other educators' perspectives on incorporating critical thinking into their teaching practice.

39 min2019 SEP 9
Comments
Straight from the Wyoming Institute

Should thinking really be "critical"?

Dave and Steve engage the questions and critiques around whether or not the term "critical" is the best one for the kind of thinking we want students to do. Do its connotations outweigh its intention? Is there a term that's better?

28 min2019 AUG 17
Comments
Should thinking really be "critical"?

Wicked Problems: An Interview with Jackson Nickerson

Steve and Dave welcome Jackson Nickerson, Ph.D., who is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin School of Business, and who founded the Leading Thinking program through Brookings Executive Education. This is a powerful conversation that culminates in the many risks for our students if we fail to forge forward with thinking-driven learning.

35 min2019 JUN 7
Comments
Wicked Problems: An Interview with Jackson Nickerson
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