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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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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

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
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 Jul 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: Three Critical Thinking Exercises

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Struggling to find ways to integrate direct critical thinking instruction into your courses?  In this week's episode, Steve and Dave offer some modified versions of three exercises straight from The Critical Thinking Initiative handbook, exercises you can easily adapt into your coursework regardless of subject, discipline, or even grade level.  Also, learn about a mysterious "mental gremlin"!

Oct 11 2017

47mins

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Rank #2: Defining Critical Thinking: If you only listen to one podcast ... (Part 1)

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In response to requests from their listeners, Dave and Steve try to distill seven years of research into 45 minutes!  The result?  An initial walk-through of how they help faculty and students across disciplines and grade levels conceptualize critical thinking. Want to know how to define critical thinking in a way that works in any classroom?  A way that can be assessed?  A way that can improve learning outcomes? Then tune in! Plus, news of the week and obligatory Bigfoot references.

Nov 28 2017

1hr 6mins

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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: 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 #5: Some Neuroscience of Critical Thinking Education

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In this episode, Steve and Dave take a walk into some of the science around how the brain functions relative to learning.  Beware!  Discussions of "amygdalas" and "basal ganglia" may emerge.  But if you want to tap into your students brain power, here is some of the research on how to do it.

Nov 02 2017

55mins

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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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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Rank #15: 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

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How Humans Learn

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Join us for an exciting announcement and an interview with John Eyler, Ph.D., author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching.  

Wishing everyone wellness, safety, and satisfying teaching (or a much needed break!) in this time of COVID.

Jul 07 2020

24mins

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Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

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Given the sudden mass migration to online learning because of COVID19, The Critical Thinking Initiative offers this brief, "emergency" podcast about simple measures every instructor, K-Ph.D.--can take to ensure that the online learning experience is a positive one for the students. 

Please feel encouraged to share this one with everyone you know who has suddenly had to transition their teaching online.

Mar 22 2020

15mins

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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

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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

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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

Play

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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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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iTunes Ratings

30 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!