Teaching Critical Thinking

Amander Hiner explores the topic of teaching critical thinking in a segment of the Academic Minute. Hiner is Assistant Professor of English at Winthrop University and an alumna of Washington University (PhD and MA, English and American Literature). Hiner discusses research suggesting that, rather than assume that our students are learning critical-thinking skills by engaging with disciplinary content, we should integrate explicit instruction in these skills, which have been shown to be immensely important across a wide range of careers.

Hiner’s scholarship includes the following articles:

Hiner, A. (2013). Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part I: Making Critical Thinking Visible. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines28(1), 26-35.

Hiner, A. (2013). Critical thinking in the literature classroom, part II: Dickens’s Great Expectations and the emergent critical thinker. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines28(2), 53-59.

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