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Development of Critical Thinking Skills


Development of Critical Thinking Skills

This group is for the sharing of information on how to develop critical thinking skills - both for therapists and for teachers to share tools and methods for bringing critical thinking into the classroom.

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Latest Activity: May 20, 2014

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Critical thinking isn't negative thinking. 3 Replies

 Do you think that most people believe that it is negative thinking?Here's a wee excerpt from this little…Continue

Started by Vlad. Last reply by Vlad Jul 8, 2011.

Do you think that that the development of CTS is given adequate attention in our education? 3 Replies

 I'm referring to the education in the massage therapy profession itself - not education in general. I know that people can probably only comment on their own education within it, but I'd just like…Continue

Started by Vlad. Last reply by Gordon J. Wallis Jul 7, 2011.

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Comment by Keats Snideman on September 8, 2012 at 11:23am

Just joined the group! I am looking forward to what is discussed here. I am an avid open-minded skeptic and try to be as evidence-based as possible in my massage practice. Critical thinking skills are very important as the massage and bodywork field advance into the future.

Comment by Alvin Brown on August 8, 2012 at 9:49pm

Hi, I would like to share my blog that involves critical thinking for low back pain:

As we all know, there’s no shortage of people who will eventually find themselves suffering from lower back pain (LBP). The reasons for pain in the lower back can be numerous, and trying to get to the bottom of it can be a frustrating and daunting process.


Let me know what you think. 

Comment by Vlad on July 26, 2012 at 11:05am

Thanks, Stephen! 

Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on May 18, 2012 at 6:28am

18th may link should take you to Steven Novella's Critical Thinking DVD on special offer. I already own and highly recomend. :)

Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on May 2, 2012 at 10:15am

Hi Vlad the critical thinking skills DVD is on special offer here in UK so will order a copy and forward to you for the group when done. £55 ! :)

I've just finnished studying this one  again special offer $70 instead of $255  this is a fantastic way to learn. Their web sites are definately worth keeping an eye on for ed. 

Comment by Vlad on April 22, 2012 at 10:17am

Most teachers will probably be aware of Bloom's taxonomy, but even if you are not a teacher, this shows the levels of it pretty well.  It's good to look at the questions involved at each level and because a number of us are continual learners, it's good to have this as a tool to examine the information that we are subjected to:

Comment by Vlad on April 21, 2012 at 6:35pm

An aid to identifying logical fallacies:


Comment by Vlad on April 1, 2012 at 11:00am

As I said, I don't know how good the course is, and from the feedback it looks like there is an emphasis on assessing evidence.  I think the free eBook might be better fitted for most people (the one I've posted on here before), mainly because it's geared towards asking questions and very often we may not get those questions answered. 

You hit on a good point there, Daniel, and that's that most people would generally regard themselves as good critical thinkers, but then again, a good one would recognize that they could always improve, so there is a lot of self-reflection and intellectual humility involved.  One thing that I've noticed is that in order for me to be a better critical thinker I need to be better at understanding another person's point of view and to recognize how they have come to have that. 

You were lucky to have been exposed to development of CTS at college and grad school.  I sometimes see people that have gone through both and wonder why they didn't learn some basics, like "how to figure stuff out on your own" - seems to me that's the main reason for going to college, but that's just me being a cranky old woman in a "get off my lawn" way.

Comment by Daniel Cohen on April 1, 2012 at 8:56am

The preview was not very impressive. Is there anything substantive in the course on being a critical thinker? I wonder how much impact it can have in changing a person's approach. Of course first a person must want to have the skills and recognize they are not critical thinkers. I think for most who think critically it was learned over years in classes. Much of my 7 years in college and graduate school was on critical thinking and how to assess information.

Comment by Vlad on April 1, 2012 at 8:45am

A general course on critical thinking is now available online.  It's not geared specifically towards our profession, but it may be worth taking.  I cannot comment on the quality of it since I haven't taken it, but you may also want to look at the feedback on the course to see what others think.  I think it's interesting that we need to critically evaluate the content.  I've a suspicion that most people would be swayed by the fact that the lecturer and creator  is very well known in some circles.


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