Critical Thinking Movement

The critical thinking movement has roots in the US and links to the informal logic movement likewise rooted in Canada, specifically anglophone Canada. Critical thinking as a set of values and goals for education has gained momentum, though the term may be regularly abused, and the pedagogy often fail to reflect the scholarship.

So I welcome evidence that this situation might change — which I like to think of as new movement in the movement. An excellent example is the work of Guillaume Beaulac, here interviewed in French on CBC Radio. While some of us may be frustrated at our inability to understand this particular piece, it’s a sign of room for change and innovation. Not only is Beaulac concerned with providing critical thinking in French, he’s also concerned to make its techniques reflect the best available sciences of cognition and learning. You can find his work in English via his website.

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