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Designing Assignments for Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a catchall phrase used to describe the ability of students to think for themselves, to reason well, and to approach problems and issues in a systematic and logical manner. The following resources offer suggestions for designing assignments that strengthen critical thinking.

-Tim van Gelder from the University of Melbourne offers some guidelines for teaching critical thinking based on key ideas from cognitive science in his article Teaching critical thinking: Some lessons from cognitive science.

-The IDEA Center at Kansas State University offers information on designing assignments and learning environmentspdf that enhance thinking skills.

TLA Handouts on Teaching for Critical Thinking:


Additional Readings

Bean, J.C. (2001). Engaging ideas: The professor's guide to integrating writing, critical thinking, and active learning in the classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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