Spotlight on Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking


The Education Week Spotlight on Critical Thinking is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Embracing critical thinking for long-term student success
  • Rigor in early childhood education
  • Boosting critical thinking through arts education
  • How education systems are helping teachers promote deeper learning

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Researchers are gaining new insights into how children learn from a rich history of studies of preschool programs in the past 50 years.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts

New research finds that students in schools that used deeper-learning teaching approaches had better test results and people skills than peers in other schools.
October 1, 2014 – Education Week

If the common-core standards are to succeed, the deeper learning and thinking they promote must be adopted by teachers, as well as students, writes David Ruenzel.
March 26, 2014 – Education Week

Jay P. Greene and a team of researchers studied and measured how arts experiences boost critical thinking for students.
December 3, 2014 – Education Week


When students are too critical of the texts they read in school, they perpetuate a culture of cynicism, according to one university president.
May 30, 2014 - Teaching Now

According to Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise, education leaders must embrace and model deeper learning skills and encourage everyone within their organizations to do the same. In this blog, Karen describes the role that micro-credentials play when it comes to teacher expertise in deeper learning skills and ways education leaders can develop their skills in six different areas.
April 27, 2015 - Vander Ark on Innovation

A survey of 100,000 teachers in 34 countries suggests ways schools can structure teacher learning to support improved instruction, write Dion Burns and Linda Darling-Hammond of SCOPE.
February 19, 2015 - Learning Deeply

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