Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions
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praise for previous books by stephen d. brookfield

"Award-winning author Stephen Brookfield offers insight, inspiration, and down-to-earth advice to all teachers in settings as diverse as college, adult education, and secondary schools—on how to thrive on the unpredictability of classroom life."—Better Teaching

"The author [relates] some of his own personal experiences as an educator in encouraging critical thinking. His insight and honesty in relating these experiences is valuable and interesting."—CBE Report

"Brookfield's book will serve as an effective focus that can facilitate faculty in thinking critically about their work, their community, their relationships, not only individually but collaboratively."—Teaching Sociology

"He offers clear, jargon-free, and unpretentious guidance." —Reference & Research Book News

"The author is so darned good at finding and highlighting the key research." —Training

"Brookfield illustrates practically his major scholarly interest in this readable, innovative, and perceptive book on college teaching."—Choice


Stephen D. Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For forty years he has taught in the United States and abroad. A four-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education, he is the author of numerous books on teaching, including The Skillful Teacher and Developing Critical Thinkers.


Preface vii

About the Author xvii

1 What Is Critical Thinking? 1

2 Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 27

3 How Critical Thinking Is Learned 53

4 Introducing Basic Protocols of Critical Thinking 77

5 Developing Critical Complexity: Intermediate and Advanced Protocols 105

6 Reading and Writing Critically 129

7 Integrating Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum 155

8 Making Discussions Critical 179

9 Misunderstandings, Challenges, and Risks 205

10 Modeling Critical Thinking 233

References 261

Index 269