Big Idea - Critical Thinking Skills

Photo of a woman deep in thought. The ability to think critically and problem solve is a key skill outlined by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Given the rapidity of change, the advance of technology, the diminishing half-life of knowledge and the far-reaching effects of globalization, the Partnership is convinced that the best thing we can teach our children is how to teach themselves.

Critical thinking is defined as "skilled, active, interpretation and evaluation of observations, communications, information, and argumentation (Fisher & Scriven, 1997, p. 21).

It involves skills that can be taught, practiced and mastered.

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