San D excerpt:
"Critical thinking must be second nature, not "strategies" . . . I think
critical thinking relies on risk taking....implying that you might have an
idea about something that you want to express and others will question and
critique that idea...and then a dialogue of inquiry is launched."
To San D. Risk taking is a strategy that Ennis, Paul, and Bailin advocate
in their writings on critical and creative thinking. They also strongly
argree with your comment "critical thinking out of context is just rules to
follow." Their ideas are from experience. These authors may be useful
resources for Christina to use in her curriculum planning process. You are
also a great source with your ideas. I believe that creative & critical
thinking can become second nature if risk taking, inquiry, and exploration
of multiple solutions/processes are encouraged and modeled by the teacher.
Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Dept. of Art, Box 42081
Lubbock, TX 79409-2081