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According to AAC&U’s 2013 employer survey, 93% ofemployers agree that a candidate’s “demonstratedcapacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solvecomplex problems” is more important than their undergraduatemajor. Likewise, more than three in four employers say they wantcolleges to place more emphasis on helping students developcritical thinking skills.

In Teaching for Critical Thinking, Stephen Brookfield buildson his last three decades of experience running workshops andteaching courses on critical thinking to explore how student learnto think this way, and what teachers can do to help studentsdevelop this capacity.  He outlines a basic protocol ofcritical thinking as a learning process that focuses on uncoveringand checking assumptions, exploring alternative perspectives, andtaking informed actions as a result. Written to address the broadrange of disciplines, this book fosters a shared understanding ofcritical thinking and helps to various constituencies adapt generalprinciples to specific disciplinary contexts.

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