6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills

The Journal – Kathy Schrock

A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:

  1. Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely
  2. Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively
  3. Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards
  4. Thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their Assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be
  5. Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems

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