Critical Thinking supplements Gale's Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center with additional content and features that correlate with today's curriculum. Learners interact with entries and are asked to think critically about a specific topic. The content is comprised of reference and periodical resources and covers broad topics such as "school violence" or "acid rain". Each topic has three entries: an overview and two viewpoint essays. Entries also are available in audio format. All of the content is correlated with national and state standards.
Students need 21st Century skills to be information literate. Skills such as these are targeted and developed with Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking :
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking leverages key Gale content to provide students and instructors with a simple and effective tool to foster critical thinking while covering classroom-related content. This valuable online resource provides a variety of challenging activities that promote engaged learning and are aligned with learning goals. Students will easily explore, solve problems and construct knowledge with the Questions to Think About, Words to Know, Audio Entries, Quizzes, and Learn More features. These activities draw on the culture, life experiences and knowledge of students, as well as encourage students to interact with, debate and analyze issues and concepts.
In this fresh, up-to-date environment, students learn how to understand and contextualize information rather than the rote memorization of facts.
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