Critical thinking and education-critical thinking by training thinking skills

  • IES Jacarandá

Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. In essence, critical thinking requires ability to reason, it is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information. It involves inductive and deductive reasoning, analysis and problema solving, as well as creative, innovative and complex approaches to the resolution of issues and challenges.

Critical thinkers will identify, analyse and solve problems systematically rather than by intuition or instinct.

Training on thinking skills teaching and learning constitutes one of the needs detected by our training planning. This concrete training pretends to contribute to the achievement of one of our general aims, that is, the improvement of our students academic results.

It requires a progressive long- lasting training.

After having the training, teaching teams compromised to include thinking skills in their curriculum development so, when designing learning activities, they take into account students training on thinking skills.

The activities designed  are now part of a repository for innovative learning activities. By using activities to enhance Critical Thinking learners are better able to understand why something has occurred as opposed to just what has occurred.

Who are the people to be contacted to have more info?

María Francia Gabriel
Almudena Romero.

Where could we find more info (internet sites, mails, social media, clips and so on)?

We use bibliography in Spanish but we suppose it can be found in English as well. Here you are some links to make up your minds.

What is the lesson we could learn from this BP or case study?

Integrating thinking skills in established curriculum has the advantage of providing a meaningful context for them.
One of our goals as teachers is to produce learners who are well informed and that use what they know in a critical and analytical way, that is, the aim is to promote independent thinkers.


Comments from the coordinator

Right now only part of the staff is using this methodology, but no doubt more and more teachers will be trained and will begin to use it.