The test required students to analyze and interpret information; to draw accurate and warranted inferences; and to evaluate inferences and explain why they represent strong reasoning or weak reasoning.Although other types of interventions have generated little or no improvement in student scores on this test, the Florida Atlantic researchers found that taking part in the antibiotic-finding CURE did significantly increase students’ critical-thinking scores—while the scores of students who were enrolled in a traditional cookbook-style lab stayed the same or actually declined.They are open to changing their mind rather than stubbornly clinging to an ideological belief system.
Third, participants experience a significant degree of collaboration, with their peers and with the expert scientists who are their instructors.
But if estimates of 250,000 to 400,000 deaths due to medical error are way too high, what is the real number? Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes is a superb new guide to critical thinking in medicine written by Jonathan Howard.
It explains how our psychological foibles regularly bias and betray us, leading to diagnostic mistakes.
Fresh approaches and bold innovations are needed to make sure that our nation’s students can grapple with the complexity of the world we’re bequeathing them.
It is widely held that developing critical thinking is one of thegoals of science education.