Studying Critical Thinking- Updated Research Links

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Critical & Creative ThinkingCritical and creative thinking in the research context is a MethodSpace focus for September.  Listed below are some relevant articles that invite us to explore critical thinking across disciplines. (Note: the original post contained some bad links, which are now corrected.) You can also find a Reading List on Critical and Creative Thinking on SAGE Research Methods. Use the comment box to add your favorite resources on critical and creative thinking (preferably open access.)


A shifting paradigm: An evaluation of the pervasive effects of digital technologies on language expression, creativity, critical thinking, political discourse, and interactive processes of human communications. (Cladis, 2018)

Critical sociological thinking and higher-level thinking: A study of sociologists’ teaching goals and assignments. (Kane & Otto, 2017)

Critical thinking assessment across four sustainability-related experiential learning settings. (Heinrich, Habron, Johnson, & Goralnik, 2015)

Critical thinking and reflective learning in the marketing education literature: A historical perspective and future research needs. (Dahl, Peltier, & Schibrowsky, 2018

Critical thinking and community of inquiry within professional organizations in the developing world. (Elicor, 2016)

Development of critical thinking through aesthetic experience: The case of students of an educational department. (Raikou, 2015)

Digital storytelling for enhancing student academic achievement, critical thinking, and learning motivation: A year-long experimental study. (Yang & Wu, 2012)

 Educating critical thinkers: The role of epistemic cognition. (Greene & Yu, 2015)

Measuring what matters: Assessing creativity, critical thinking, and the design process (Shively, Stith, & Rubenstein, 2018)

Metacognitive attributes and liberated progress: the association among second-language learners’ critical thinking, creativity, and autonomy. (Nosratinia & Zaker, 2014)

Six-sentence argument: Training critical thinking skills using peer review (Kölbel & Jentges, 2017)

Teaching critical thinking as a vehicle for personal and social transformation  (Shpeizer, 2018)

Teaching toward the Telos of critical thinking: Genre in business communication. (Morrison, 2017)

The role of metacognitive skills in developing critical thinking (Magno, 2010)

Thinking critically about critical thinking (Mulnix, 2012)

Thinking critically about photovoice: achieving empowerment and social change (Liebenberg, 2018)

Trends and features of critical thinking studies in e-learning environments: A review (Chou, Wu, & Tsai, 2018)

Using critical thinking drills to teach and assess proficiency in methodological and statistical thinking (Cascio, 2017)

What Do Ode to Joy, the Nobel Peace Prize, umbrellas and cartoons have in common? Why critical thinking matters and how higher education moulds (Franco, 2015)


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Reference List

Cascio, T. V. (2017). Using critical thinking drills to teach and assess proficiency in methodological and statistical thinking. Teaching of Psychology, 44(3), 250-254. doi:10.1177/0098628317712753

Chou, T.-L., Wu, J.-J., & Tsai, C.-C. (2018). Trends and features of critical thinking studies in e-learning environments: A review. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 0735633118774350. doi:10.1177/0735633118774350

Cladis, A. E. (2018). A shifting paradigm: An evaluation of the pervasive effects of digital technologies on language expression, creativity, critical thinking, political discourse, and interactive processes of human communications. E-Learning and Digital Media, 2042753017752583. doi:10.1177/2042753017752583

Dahl, A. J., Peltier, J. W., & Schibrowsky, J. A. (2018). Critical thinking and reflective learning in the marketing education literature: A historical perspective and future research needs. Journal of Marketing Education, 40(2), 101-116. doi:10.1177/0273475317752452

Elicor, P. P. E. (2016). Critical thinking and community of inquiry within professional organizations in the developing world. Journal of Human Values, 23(1), 13-20. doi:10.1177/0971685816673479

Franco, A. (2015). What Do Ode to Joy, the Nobel Peace Prize, umbrellas and cartoons have in common? Why critical thinking matters and how higher education moulds. Higher Education for the Future, 3(1), 108-124. doi:10.1177/2347631115610231

Greene, J. A., & Yu, S. B. (2015). Educating critical thinkers: The role of epistemic cognition. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3(1), 45-53. doi:10.1177/2372732215622223

Heinrich, W. F., Habron, G. B., Johnson, H. L., & Goralnik, L. (2015). Critical thinking assessment across four sustainability-related experiential learning settings. Journal of Experiential Education, 38(4), 373-393. doi:10.1177/1053825915592890

Kane, D., & Otto, K. (2017). Critical sociological thinking and higher-level thinking: A study of sociologists’ teaching goals and assignments. Teaching Sociology, 46(2), 112-122. doi:10.1177/0092055X17735156

Kölbel, J., & Jentges, E. (2017). Six-sentence argument: Training critical thinking skills using peer review. Management Teaching Review, 3(2), 118-128. doi:10.1177/2379298117739856

Liebenberg, L. (2018). Thinking critically about photovoice: Achieving empowerment and social change. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1), 1609406918757631. doi:10.1177/1609406918757631

Magno, C. (2010). The role of metacognitive skills in developing critical thinking. Metacognition and learning, 5(2), 137-156.

Morrison, R. (2017). Teaching toward the Telos of critical thinking: Genre in business communication. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 80(4), 460-472. doi:10.1177/2329490617691967

Mulnix, J. W. (2012). Thinking critically about critical thinking. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(5), 464-479. doi:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00673.x

Nosratinia, M., & Zaker, A. (2014). Metacognitive attributes and liberated progress: the association among second-language learners’ critical thinking, creativity, and autonomy. SAGE Open, 4(3), 2158244014547178. doi:10.1177/2158244014547178

Raikou, N. (2015). Development of critical thinking through aesthetic experience: The case of students of an educational department. Journal of Transformative Education, 14(1), 53-70. doi:10.1177/1541344615606535

Schwab, A., & Starbuck, W. H. (2016). Collegial “nests” can foster critical thinking, innovative ideas, and scientific progress. Strategic Organization, 14(2), 167-177. doi:10.1177/1476127016643715

Shively, K., Stith, K. M., & Rubenstein, L. D. (2018). Measuring what matters: Assessing creativity, critical thinking, and the design process. Gifted Child Today, 41(3), 149-158. doi:10.1177/1076217518768361

Shpeizer, R. (2018). Teaching critical thinking as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. Research in Education, 100(1), 32-49. doi:10.1177/0034523718762176

Yang, Y.-T. C., & Wu, W.-C. I. (2012). Digital storytelling for enhancing student academic achievement, critical thinking, and learning motivation: A year-long experimental study. Computers & Education, 59(2), 339-352.

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