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Critical Thinking: Gurus of Critical Thinking
Welcome to the Critical Thinking LibGuide. This guide has been developed to support Huntingdon College's QEP and more specifically the development of the PACT (Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking) course.
Developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the "Big 6" approach to critical thinking includes: Task Definition, Information Seeking Strategies, Location and Access, Use of Information, Synthesis, Evaluation.
Directed by Dr. Alison J. Head and Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Project
Information Literacy (PIL) is an “ongoing research project, based in the
University of Washington's Information School (that is) currently collecting
data from early adults enrolled in community colleges and public and private
colleges and universities in the U.S.”Its goal is to “understand how early adults conceptualize and
operationalize research activities for course work and "everyday
life" use and especially how they resolve issues of credibility,
authority, relevance, and currency in the digital age.”
Web site includes list of publications, podcasts and webcasts, and several videos, such as "The Student Discussion Groups" and "Understanding Information Literacy through the Lens of the Student Experience."
Dr. Linda Elder is President of the Foundation for Critical
Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking.
Sponsors the International Critical Thinking Conference, billed as "the World's Oldest Conference on Critical Thinking," the Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking's mission is to provide education to primary schools through colleges by presenting publications, conferences, workshops and professional development programs. Emphasis is on instructional strategies, Socratic questioning, critical reading/writing, higher order thinking, assessment, research, quality enhancement and standards.
Dr. Richard Paul is the Director of Research and
Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and Chair of the
National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking.
"The goal of the NCECT is to articulate, preserve, and foster intellectual standards in critical thinking research, scholarship, and instruction. The NCECT is a creation of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. The council presently consists of about 8,000 leading educators."
is the founding dean of the InformationSchool at the University of Washington.
During his tenure (1998-2006), (he) transformed the unit from a single graduate
degree into a broad-based information school with a wide range of research and
academic programs, including an undergraduate degree in informatics, masters
degrees in information management and library and information science, and a
doctorate degree in information science.” With colleague Bob Berkowitz, he created the "Big 6 Approach" to critical thinking.
"Dr. Gerald Nosich is a noted authority on critical thinking and has given more than 200 workshops on all aspects of teaching critical thinking ... He is the author of Reasons and Arguments (Wadsworth, 1982). His second book, Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. (He) is an associate of the Center and the Foundation for Critical Thinking. He is a professor at Buffalo State University."
“Dr. Enoch Hale is a Fellow of the Foundation and Center for
Dr. Hale holds a B.A. degree in intellectual and social
history, a Masters degree in liberal arts and sciences, a secondary single
subject credential in social science, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies
with an emphasis on critical thinking and educational reform.”