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Critical Thinking - Evansville: Home

A faculty resource to assist in classroom development of critical thinking activities.

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinking is the ability to reason well, including questioning assumptions, examining evidence, considering context, remaining open to alternative perspectives, and being willing to accept a new or revised perspective.

For more information about critical thinking please contact Dr. Paul Odney, Dean of Liberal Arts at podney@ivytech.edu or (812) 429-9411.

Recommended Web Resources

These resources offer helpful tips when considering a critcial thinking activity for your classroom.

The Critical Thinking Community

Critical Thinking on the Web

Washington State University: Guide to Rating Integrated and Critical Thinking Matrix

Critical thinking videos

Critical thinking books and ebooks

Recommended Search Terms

This is a list of terms recommended for use when searching in the databases or other locations for critical thinking-related materials.

critical thinking

thought & thinking

discourse analysis

ability testing

teaching methods

concept mapping

intellect

metacognition

thinking skills

comparative analysis

Recommended Databases

These are a few databases which will prove useful in searching critical thinking-related topics. 

Academic Search Premier 

A multidisciplinary database containing articles from popular and scholarly sources. Most research projects start with at least one search in Academic Search Premier.

ERIC (EBSCO)

Provides access to over 1.3 million education related records. A great resource for educators.

MasterFILE Premier

A general purpose database, MasterFILE Premier also contains the text of over 500 reference books.

Professional Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

ProQuest Research Library

A multidisciplinary database containing over 48,000 publications.