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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Episodes focus on all areas related to meaningful education, with a focus on cutting-edge, research-supported ways to improve critical thinking in any discipline.

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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Episodes focus on all areas related to meaningful education, with a focus on cutting-edge, research-supported ways to improve critical thinking in any discipline.

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26 Ratings
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By AG Levy - Jul 01 2018
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Invaluable resource for all educators, and really, all people.

Very good podcast about

By Maragoth74 - May 08 2018
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critical thinking. The authors go in depth into several issues related to critical thinking and bring relevant guests to discuss those questions. Very insightful and helpful to everyone out there!

iTunes Ratings

26 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
3
1
0
0

A

By AG Levy - Jul 01 2018
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Invaluable resource for all educators, and really, all people.

Very good podcast about

By Maragoth74 - May 08 2018
Read more
critical thinking. The authors go in depth into several issues related to critical thinking and bring relevant guests to discuss those questions. Very insightful and helpful to everyone out there!
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The Critical Thinking Initiative

Latest release on Jan 07, 2020

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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Episodes focus on all areas related to meaningful education, with a focus on cutting-edge, research-supported ways to improve critical thinking in any discipline.

Rank #1: Are X-labs the Future of Learning and Thinking?

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Steve and Dave look at the recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education about James Madison University's X-lab, and they examine rising contemporary calls for opportunities for students to innovate and problem solve.  Are X-Labs the future of learning?  Should your school have one?  In related news, Steve drops a bomb about lucite.

Apr 01 2019

31mins

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Rank #2: Writing to Learn ... and THINK

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Steve and Dave offer some concrete, class-ready exercises for using writing to learn to improve learning outcomes and foster deeper critical engagement of subject matter.  They explain why WTL doesn't require extensive time or effort in order to produce better outcomes.  They also discuss the inherent power in writing, and in writing to learn, explain why it holds such power.

Oct 09 2018

29mins

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Rank #3: Fostering a Growth Mindset in Your Students

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Steve and Dave welcome Dr. Marianne Fallon for a fascinating discussion about the power of a growth mindset for students' educational performance. Marianne speaks to research on growth vs. fixed mindsets, how even high-performing students can still suffer from a fixed mindset, common mistakes educators make in reinforcing fixed mindsets, and easy measures any educator can use in any class, such as short reflective assignments, to foster "growthy" students!

Aug 16 2018

52mins

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Rank #4: Infusing PowerPoint with Critical Thinking

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Is PowerPoint "the viagra of the spoken word and a wonderful pill for flabby lectures"?  Steve and Dave tackle the research on one of the most widely used classroom tools.  They not only offer specific tips for modifying PowerPoint to invite more critical thinking, but also make obligatory connections to John Carpenter's classic film, They Live.  

Jan 10 2019

35mins

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Rank #5: The Path to More Thinking is Less

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What does that mean?  Dave and Steve explore a highfalutin idea called Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and its implications for teaching and critical thinking.  Want to know why students procrastinate?  Why they revert to their old ways?  How to get them to advanced their thinking?  Then you'll want to understand CLT and all its immediate implications for how you teach.

Jun 15 2018

31mins

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Rank #6: Responding to Papers: Ways that Work

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Many educators are frustrated by student writing, frustrated by the time they devote to responding to student writing, and frustrated by the lack of revision, if not improvement, between drafts.  In this episode, Dave and Steve not only dispel myths about what constitutes an effective response to a student paper, they also offer a step-by-step process for responding in a way that produces meaningful growth.

Jul 06 2018

36mins

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Rank #7: Can we be critical yet creative? Can we be critical yet inclusive?

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By popular demand, Steve and Dave respond to some of the backlog of listener questions.  One listener asks about whether or not critical thinking based on evidence undervalues creativity.  A second listener asks about how to maintain standards for critical thinking while also ensuring a cultural diverse classroom in which all perspectives are valued.  Can we be creative and critical at the same time?  Can we value diverse opinions yet hold students to logical standards of evidence?  Tune in to find out!

Jul 31 2018

29mins

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Rank #8: Straight from the Wyoming Institute

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Several faculty members from the University of Wyoming share their perspectives on critical thinking after a three-day workshop with Dave and Steve. This is a rare opportunity to listen to other educators' perspectives on incorporating critical thinking into their teaching practice.

Sep 08 2019

39mins

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Rank #9: Do Some Video Games Promote Critical Thinking?

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What's the relationship between certain video games and critical thinking skills?  According to some recent assertions, select video games promote critical thinking by creating rich worlds in which players must make difficult choices.  To what extent do those choices foster critical thinking?  And to what success are video games being employed in classrooms?  Also, why are Steve and Dave making obscure references to M.A.S.H.?  Find out the answers to all those questions on this episode!

Jan 24 2019

38mins

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Rank #10: Critical Thinking, Hoaxes, and Constructivism

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Dave and Steve tackle the controversial "Sokel Squared" hoax by academics who got fabricated articles published in academic journals. Join us for spirited commentary on what this hoax accomplishes, why it is dangerous, and how it possibly emerges from an erroneous conception of constructivism.

Oct 16 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: Problem-Based Learning: Myths, Realities, and Critical Thinking Connections

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Dave and Steve tackle one of the more over- and misused terms in education, Problem-Based Learning (PBL).  Learn the research behind PBL, what it is, for what it works well and for what it doesn't work well.  In news of the week: How Artificial Intelligence is going to force educational change, and how critical thinking might just offer hope for the world in terms of climate change.  Maybe.  (This episode contains minor technical difficulties that were out of our control.  Apologies in advance.)

Mar 26 2018

1hr

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Rank #12: Reading Research with Alice Horning

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Dave and Steve welcome Alice Horning to the podcast to discuss the researching on reading and students' acquisition of literacy skills. Alice is the former editor for the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the author of texts such as "Reconnecting Reading and Writing." Alice brings a wealth of expertise concerning the research on the state of reading and literacy, and how to help students develop those important skills.

Sep 10 2018

27mins

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Rank #13: Strategies for Overcoming Student Resistance

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Special guest Anton Tolman, the lead editor of the book, Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students, joins Steve and Dave in a discussion of how to convert the "signal" of student resistance into a force for educational growth.  Tolman discusses why student resistance is natural, his research on its causes, and strategies for addressing it, including metacognition.  

Oct 24 2018

42mins

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Rank #14: Creating Changemakers - An Interview with Vipin Thekk

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Vipin Thekk of ChangemakerCommunities.org joins Dave and Steve to discuss the work he does in helping reshape schools and communities so that they prepare students for an unknown future. The discussion includes ways that critical thinking, empathy, and discourse will be vital to our students, as well as how to create change where needed.

Dec 17 2018

30mins

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Rank #15: Should thinking really be "critical"?

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Dave and Steve engage the questions and critiques around whether or not the term "critical" is the best one for the kind of thinking we want students to do. Do its connotations outweigh its intention? Is there a term that's better?

Aug 16 2019

28mins

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Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

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Steve and Dave delve into recent research on critical thinking growth throughout college. Learn the extent to which it is happening and why. Warning: this episode may contain some ranting.

Jan 07 2020

29mins

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How to offer students feedback. Or not.

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Steve and Dave tackle the complex issue of how to respond to student work effectively. Spoiler alert: It's somewhere between a pat on the back and psychiatric analysis.

Dec 06 2019

33mins

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Getting Thoughtful About Mindfulness Education

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Mindfulness education is gaining popularity in academia, but does helping students get their Zen on also help them to think critically? Take some deep breaths, find your center, and start listening!

Nov 20 2019

22mins

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Critical Issues About Critical Thinking

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Steve and Dave engage an article by Daniel Willingham about whether or not, and how, critical thinking can be taught.  This podcast strikes deep into critical thinking education, taking on essential questions concerning transfer, deep structure, disciplinarity, and content knowledge.  How should we fundamentally conceptualize critical thinking's presence in the educational process?

Oct 16 2019

27mins

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Do Grades Hinder Learning?

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Steve & Dave respond to an article and, more broadly, to the "ungrading" movement, which assert that grades interfere with deeper learning.  Listen in to find out why grades do, don't, and shouldn't hinder learning, and how we can use them constructively.  Also, a little known fact about Zeus.

Oct 08 2019

25mins

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Straight from the Wyoming Institute

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Several faculty members from the University of Wyoming share their perspectives on critical thinking after a three-day workshop with Dave and Steve. This is a rare opportunity to listen to other educators' perspectives on incorporating critical thinking into their teaching practice.

Sep 08 2019

39mins

Play

Should thinking really be "critical"?

Podcast cover
Read more

Dave and Steve engage the questions and critiques around whether or not the term "critical" is the best one for the kind of thinking we want students to do. Do its connotations outweigh its intention? Is there a term that's better?

Aug 16 2019

28mins

Play

Wicked Problems: An Interview with Jackson Nickerson

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Steve and Dave welcome Jackson Nickerson, Ph.D., who is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin School of Business, and who founded the Leading Thinking program through Brookings Executive Education. This is a powerful conversation that culminates in the many risks for our students if we fail to forge forward with thinking-driven learning.

Jun 07 2019

35mins

Play

Are X-labs the Future of Learning and Thinking?

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Read more

Steve and Dave look at the recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education about James Madison University's X-lab, and they examine rising contemporary calls for opportunities for students to innovate and problem solve.  Are X-Labs the future of learning?  Should your school have one?  In related news, Steve drops a bomb about lucite.

Apr 01 2019

31mins

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Interview with Michael S. Roth

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Dave and Steve welcome Michael S. Roth, author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.  Michael offers wonderful perspectives on the relationship between critical thinking, the liberal arts, and interdisciplinary.  He also raises critical perspectives about the importance of pushing students to step outside their own viewpoints about the world.

Feb 21 2019

38mins

Play

Do Some Video Games Promote Critical Thinking?

Podcast cover
Read more

What's the relationship between certain video games and critical thinking skills?  According to some recent assertions, select video games promote critical thinking by creating rich worlds in which players must make difficult choices.  To what extent do those choices foster critical thinking?  And to what success are video games being employed in classrooms?  Also, why are Steve and Dave making obscure references to M.A.S.H.?  Find out the answers to all those questions on this episode!

Jan 24 2019

38mins

Play

Infusing PowerPoint with Critical Thinking

Podcast cover
Read more

Is PowerPoint "the viagra of the spoken word and a wonderful pill for flabby lectures"?  Steve and Dave tackle the research on one of the most widely used classroom tools.  They not only offer specific tips for modifying PowerPoint to invite more critical thinking, but also make obligatory connections to John Carpenter's classic film, They Live.  

Jan 10 2019

35mins

Play

Creating Changemakers - An Interview with Vipin Thekk

Podcast cover
Read more

Vipin Thekk of ChangemakerCommunities.org joins Dave and Steve to discuss the work he does in helping reshape schools and communities so that they prepare students for an unknown future. The discussion includes ways that critical thinking, empathy, and discourse will be vital to our students, as well as how to create change where needed.

Dec 17 2018

30mins

Play

Does Grading Improve Learning?

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Steve and Dave explore the relationship between grades and learning, including a brief look at the history of grades. Even though grading often fails to develop learning, they discuss how grading can actually play an important if not critical role in the cultivation of strong and authentic learning outcomes.

Oct 30 2018

29mins

Play

Strategies for Overcoming Student Resistance

Podcast cover
Read more

Special guest Anton Tolman, the lead editor of the book, Why Students Resist Learning: A Practical Model for Understanding and Helping Students, joins Steve and Dave in a discussion of how to convert the "signal" of student resistance into a force for educational growth.  Tolman discusses why student resistance is natural, his research on its causes, and strategies for addressing it, including metacognition.  

Oct 24 2018

42mins

Play

Critical Thinking, Hoaxes, and Constructivism

Podcast cover
Read more

Dave and Steve tackle the controversial "Sokel Squared" hoax by academics who got fabricated articles published in academic journals. Join us for spirited commentary on what this hoax accomplishes, why it is dangerous, and how it possibly emerges from an erroneous conception of constructivism.

Oct 16 2018

37mins

Play

Writing to Learn ... and THINK

Podcast cover
Read more

Steve and Dave offer some concrete, class-ready exercises for using writing to learn to improve learning outcomes and foster deeper critical engagement of subject matter.  They explain why WTL doesn't require extensive time or effort in order to produce better outcomes.  They also discuss the inherent power in writing, and in writing to learn, explain why it holds such power.

Oct 09 2018

29mins

Play

Reading Research with Alice Horning

Podcast cover
Read more

Dave and Steve welcome Alice Horning to the podcast to discuss the researching on reading and students' acquisition of literacy skills. Alice is the former editor for the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the author of texts such as "Reconnecting Reading and Writing." Alice brings a wealth of expertise concerning the research on the state of reading and literacy, and how to help students develop those important skills.

Sep 10 2018

27mins

Play

Fostering a Growth Mindset in Your Students

Podcast cover
Read more

Steve and Dave welcome Dr. Marianne Fallon for a fascinating discussion about the power of a growth mindset for students' educational performance. Marianne speaks to research on growth vs. fixed mindsets, how even high-performing students can still suffer from a fixed mindset, common mistakes educators make in reinforcing fixed mindsets, and easy measures any educator can use in any class, such as short reflective assignments, to foster "growthy" students!

Aug 16 2018

52mins

Play

Can we be critical yet creative? Can we be critical yet inclusive?

Podcast cover
Read more

By popular demand, Steve and Dave respond to some of the backlog of listener questions.  One listener asks about whether or not critical thinking based on evidence undervalues creativity.  A second listener asks about how to maintain standards for critical thinking while also ensuring a cultural diverse classroom in which all perspectives are valued.  Can we be creative and critical at the same time?  Can we value diverse opinions yet hold students to logical standards of evidence?  Tune in to find out!

Jul 31 2018

29mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

26 Ratings
Average Ratings
22
3
1
0
0

A

By AG Levy - Jul 01 2018
Read more
Invaluable resource for all educators, and really, all people.

Very good podcast about

By Maragoth74 - May 08 2018
Read more
critical thinking. The authors go in depth into several issues related to critical thinking and bring relevant guests to discuss those questions. Very insightful and helpful to everyone out there!