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Eastfield & the Community College Movement: Critical Thinking

Faculty Orientation Guide

Critical Thinking

Higher-Order Learning

  •  Applying facts, theories, or methods to practical problems or new situations
  •  Analyzing an idea, experience, or line of reasoning in depth by examining its parts
  •  Evaluating a point of view, decision, or information source
  •  Forming a new idea or understanding from various pieces of information

Reflective & Integrative Learning


Integration of Knowledge, Skills, and Applications Across the Program


  • Connect learning to societal problems or issues
  • Include diverse perspectives (political, religious, racial/ ethnic, gender, etc.) in course discussions or assignments
  • Examine the strengths and weaknesses of own views on a topic or issue
  • Are better able understand someone else’s views by imagining how an issue looks from his or her perspective
  • Learn something that changes student's understanding of an issue or concept
  • Connect ideas from your courses to your prior experiences and knowledge


Information Literacy


  • Defines or modifies the information need to achieve a manageable focus
  • Define different types of authority
  • Examine and compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias
  • Develop an open mind when encountering varied and sometimes conflicting perspectives
  • Understand that first attempts at searching do not always produce adequate results
  • Give credit to the original ideas of others through proper attribution and citation
  • Consider research as open-ended exploration and engagement with information
  • Contribute to scholarly conversation at an appropriate level
  • Utilize divergent and convergent thinking appropriately when searching
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