Critical thinking and the disciplines reconsidered

Martin Davies
  • Higher Education Research & Development, August 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2012.697878

Is critical thinking a subject-specific skill or a general skill?

What is it about?

This paper argues that Moore's specifist defence of critical thinking as ‘diverse modes of thought in the disciplines’, which appeared in Higher Education Research & Development, 30(3), 2011, is flawed as it entrenches relativist attitudes toward the important skill of critical thinking. The paper outlines the critical thinking debate, distinguishes between ‘top-down’, ‘bottom-up’ and ‘relativist’ approaches and locates Moore's account therein. It uses examples from one discipline-specific area,

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