Critical Thinking and Its Importance in Education
By Kadoko Chanda
Technology, travel and business have brought countries together, so does our thinking evolve. No more thinking within our boundaries, we need critical thinking to evaluate our own decisions in everything we do. For example, how do you teach students without discriminating their beliefs or religion? How do we start a business in a country with different laws from ours and still incorporate our business values? So, what is critical thinking? 2. What is Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking according to Hamilton-Reeves (2009) is the process of filtering information by removing emotional and ...view middle of the document...
For example, teachers should encourage their students to research by asking questions that stimulate hunger for knowledge. 3.2. Secondly, from a psychology point of view, Petress (2004) states that there is need for "examining assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence and assess conclusion".
3.3. Lastly, Rusbult (2004) suggests that one needs to be taught to "develop skills, abilities and values crucial to success in everyday life". For example, a teacher should question a student using Socratic questioning like “why do you think that works like that”. 4. Importance in Education Barnett (1997) suggests that critical thinking is important to apply in education because students can change their thought process and become more critical thinkers. In turn, empowering students with critical thinking skills that enables them to "identify, classify information to make intelligent and ethical decisions" (Braun, 2004, p. 232-236). As schools become diverse and curriculums become global, students need to take into account different cultures, ethics and religious backgrounds. Critical thinking is about having an interest in finding new solutions by examining problems closely and looking to support those ideas (Petress, 2004). Therefore critical thinking skills can give students the ability to understand what they are given in class, and develop the skills to build upon the knowledge they have learnt (The critical Thinking Co, 2005). 5. Conclusion It can be concluded that critical thinking in education is the stepping stone for students to acquire critical thinking skills that will broaden their knowledge base. This will empower students with a curious mind to discover new solutions, in turn creating a learning society that takes into account information, ethics, different cultures and religious backgrounds...