Enhancing Scientific Thinking Through the Development of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

Heidi Hyytinen, Auli Toom, Richard J. Shavelson

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In Chapter 3, Hyytinen, Toom and Shavelson discuss how critical
thinking forms the foundation for the development of scientific thinking
skills. They provide a detailed definition and conceptualisation of
critical thinking and review the focus of research into this domain.
Hyytinen and colleagues highlight why it is important for students to
develop critical thinking skills as useful skills in their own right, and
in order to form scientific thinking skills more broadly. In making this
argument, they discuss a curriculum alignment approach to enhancing
critical thinking skills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRedefining Scientific Thinking for Higher Education : Higher-Order Thinking, Evidence-Based Reasoning and Research Skills
EditorsMari Murtonen, Kieran Balloo
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date23 Sep 2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-24214-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-24215-2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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