If we don’t think critically, then is it helpful to think at all?
One of the powers on an online and networked society is the speed with which information and discussion can be disseminated. However, there is a danger that – without critical thought – people can get swept along with their communities ‘liking’ and ‘disliking’ simply because that is the prevailing wave of information passing through.
For an easily implemented approach, I really enjoyed the paper by Duron, Limback and Waugh which introduces a five step critical thinking framework for any discipline. It explores techniques that encourages the implementation of critical thinking within curricula.
For something more complex, the The Foundation for Critical Thinking has identified nine intellectual standards and eight basic structures present in all thinking and has developed an Online Model for learning the Elements and Standards of Critical Thinking.
Regardless of what methodology you adopt, it seems to me that we are remiss if we neglect to include the capacity to be discerning whether online or off.
Duron, R., Limbach, B., & Waugh, W. (2006). Critical Thinking Framework For Any Discipline. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 17(2), 160–166. Retrieved from http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE17(2).pdf#page=89