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Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking

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Quick Summary

Today’s educators must ensure that students not only master basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematical skills, but that they possess skills such as technology, problem solving and critical thinking. That’s why Gale developed Critical Thinking — an all-new add-on module to the popular Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center online resource. This timely resource leverages key Gale content to provide educators with a simple and effective tool to help students develop the necessary skills they’ll need in the workplace and in life.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking provides a variety of challenging activities, quizzes and mp3 audio files that promote engaged learning and align with state curriculum standards. Each entry offers thought-provoking features that encourage interaction, problem solving and critical thinking.

Enhancements to existing Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center content include reading and writing prompts, assessments for understanding and extension activities that help reinforce the topic. Different learning modules include searchable text as well as full articles and definitions that are available as audio files, which help engage struggling students. Easy-to-follow lesson plans and differentiated instruction levels help cut drastically teacher preparation time.

What is “critical thinking”?
Simply put, critical thinking is a higher level of cognitive thought that empowers students to:

  • Locate credible, relevant information — evaluate the credibility and relevance of their information sources
  • Evaluate sources of information — distinguish fact from opinion or bias and readily recognize contradictions and inconsistencies
  • Comprehend information — clarify issues, conclusions or beliefs and be able to examine and investigate ideas in greater detail
  • Analyze information — examine consequences, the ability to compare similar situations and transfer insights into new contexts; use the knowledge of one event to better understand another event
  • Synthesize and apply information — demonstrate reasoned judgment, based on evidence and logic; to identify alternatives, to explore the possible effects of different courses and arrive at a conclusion