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Re-Thinking Reason: New Perspectives in Critical Thinking
     

Re-Thinking Reason: New Perspectives in Critical Thinking

by Kerry S. Walters (Editor)
 

For two decades, colleges and universities have regularly offered, and in some cases required, courses in thinking skills. Such courses generally have focused on training students in the basics of informal and formal logic, the assumption being that good thinking is logical thinking, and that instruction in critical or “good” thinking consequently

Overview

For two decades, colleges and universities have regularly offered, and in some cases required, courses in thinking skills. Such courses generally have focused on training students in the basics of informal and formal logic, the assumption being that good thinking is logical thinking, and that instruction in critical or “good” thinking consequently should emphasize logical procedures. This “logistic” assumption is clearly reflected in both critical thinking textbooks as well as in the professional literature.

Recently, however, the epistemic and pedagogical identification of critical thinking and logical thinking has been questioned by educators from a wide diversity of disciplines. Many of these critics argue that a richer, more comprehensive model of thinking itself is needed, one that acknowledges the importance of traditionally downplayed faculties such as empathy, imagination, and insight. Others contend that thinking skills theory and pedagogy must take into consideration the contextual and sometimes political influences upon not just content but also styles of thinking. finally still other critics of the conventional model of critical thinking argue that recent research in feminist studies sheds a great deal of light upon the directions in which critical thinking instruction should go.

The fourteen essays in this anthology all illustrate this new way of thinking about critical thinking. Each of them is critical of the received model, and each of them argues for one that goes beyond the conventional reduction of thinking skills to logical expertise. But each approaches the issue from a different angle, thereby providing the reader with a diversity of perspectives and accents.

Re-Thinking Reason is an invaluable resource tool, research guide, and supplemental textbook, for educators across the disciplines who are concerned with incorporating thinking skills instruction in their classes.

Editorial Reviews

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Challenges the widespread assumption that good thinking is logical thinking and that college students should learn better after taking a course in critical thinking. The 14 contributors argue for, and provide, a richer model of thinking that acknowledges the importance of faculties traditionally downplayed or discouraged. Addressed to educators. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791420959
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Series:
SUNY Series, Teacher Empowerment and School Reform Series
Pages:
265

Meet the Author

Kerry S. Walters is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Gettysburg College.

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