The Critical Thinking Initiative
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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Each episode dispels myths about teaching critical thinking education and discusses cutting-edge, research-supported ways to actually improve critical thinking in any discipline.
||CleanDoes Grading Improve Learning?||Steve and Dave explore the relationship between grades and learning, including a brief look at the history of grades. Even though grading often fails to develop learning, they discuss how grading can actually play an important if not critical role in...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrategies for Overcoming Student Resistance||Special guest Anton Tolman, the lead editor of the book, Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students, joins Steve and Dave in a discussion of how to convert the "signal" of student resistance into a...||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical Thinking, Hoaxes, and Constructivism||Dave and Steve tackle the controversial "Sokel Squared" hoax by academics who got fabricated articles published in academic journals. Join us for spirited commentary on what this hoax accomplishes, why it is dangerous, and how it possibly emerges from..||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting to Learn ... and THINK||Steve and Dave offer some concrete, class-ready exercises for using writing to learn to improve learning outcomes and foster deeper critical engagement of subject matter. They explain why WTL doesn't require extensive time or effort in order to...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReading Research with Alice Horning||Dave and Steve welcome Alice Horning to the podcast to discuss the researching on reading and students' acquisition of literacy skills. Alice is the former editor for the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the author of...||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFostering a Growth Mindset in Your Students||Steve and Dave welcome Dr. Marianne Fallon for a fascinating discussion about the power of a growth mindset for students' educational performance. Marianne speaks to research on growth vs. fixed mindsets, how even high-performing students can still...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan we be critical yet creative? Can we be critical yet inclusive?||By popular demand, Steve and Dave respond to some of the backlog of listener questions. One listener asks about whether or not critical thinking based on evidence undervalues creativity. A second listener asks about how to maintain...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Robo Assessment"--Computerized Paper Grading||Some high stakes assessments of student writing are currently being done by computers. Steve and Dave tackle the question of whether or not cutting-edge artificial "intelligence" successfully evaluates papers for critical thinking, or anything else....||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResponding to Papers: Ways that Work||Many educators are frustrated by student writing, frustrated by the time they devote to responding to student writing, and frustrated by the lack of revision, if not improvement, between drafts. In this episode, Dave and Steve not only dispel...||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Path to More Thinking is Less||What does that mean? Dave and Steve explore a highfalutin idea called Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and its implications for teaching and critical thinking. Want to know why students procrastinate? Why they revert to their...||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Trump Supporters and West Coast Liberals Meet||What happens when someone creates a dialogue between west coast liberals and southern Trump supporters? Find out in this episode! Steve and Dave are joined by Spaceship Media founders and journalism activists, Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay....||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProblem-Based Learning: Myths, Realities, and Critical Thinking Connections||Dave and Steve tackle one of the more over- and misused terms in education, Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Learn the research behind PBL, what it is, for what it works well and for what it doesn't work well. In news of the week: How...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNever read a 5-paragraph essay again! Three alternatives for any class.||Having blamed all the world's problems on the 5-paragraph essay in the previous episode, Steve and Dave offer three alternatives to the 5-paragraph form. These are tested, easily implemented essay structures that emphasize critical thinking and...||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy the 5-Paragraph Essay is from Hell||Warning: This episode may provoke strong reactions from 5-paragraph-essay devotees. Not for the faint of heart! Listen in as Steve and Dave unfairly blame all of the world's problems on the 5-paragraph essay format frequently used in secondary...||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical Thinking & Reading with Dan Willingham||Critical thinking pioneer and guru Dan Willingham joins Dave and Steve in discussing the relationship between critical thinking, reading, and teaching. They delve into the role that existing bodies of knowledge play in decoding thinking. ...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDefining Critical Thinking: If you only listen to one podcast ... (Part 1)||In response to requests from their listeners, Dave and Steve try to distill seven years of research into 45 minutes! The result? An initial walk-through of how they help faculty and students across disciplines and grade levels...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFostering Metacognition, Growth Mindset, and Grit, with Dr. Peter Arthur||Steve & Dave talk with Dr. Peter Arthur about the connections between critical thinking, growth mindset, and metacognition.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSome Neuroscience of Critical Thinking Education||Steve and Dave discuss some of the recent discoveries of neuroscience and their implications for the classroom.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Critical Thinking Exercises||Steve and Dave offer up three critical thinking exercises you can adapt to any educational context. Also, listener questions and news of the week.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould we grade critical thinking? And Can we?||Learn the essential connection between critical thinking and assessment.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre you teaching in a critical thinking ecosystem?||Learn the critical elements that produce real critical thinking outcomes.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Invaluable resource for all educators, and really, all people.
Very good podcast about
critical thinking. The authors go in depth into several issues related to critical thinking and bring relevant guests to discuss those questions. Very insightful and helpful to everyone out there!
Critical Thinking - Finally!
This is exactly what education at all levels needs today!!! Finally someone has figured out not only what our students need but how to help them actually acquire it!