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Why is critical thinking so heavily promoted instead of analytical thinking?

Sep 2, 2013 11:39am

Educational advisory professionals state the need for critical thinking. Why would we promote such a narrow view of thinking when analytical thinking is based on the "why" framework instead of the "what" that is the frame work of critical thinking?

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • Pre K-12
  • Common Core / English Language Learners / Special Education


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    • Sep 19, 2014 6:41pm

      It is my understanding that analyzing is part of critical thinking. Critical thinking is often a blanket term that includes Bloom's Taxonomy among other higher level thinking skills. Not sure what your school/district enforces, but that's my understanding of those terms! If you're looking for more in-depth thinking skills, I love Dr.Sandra Kaplan's Depth and Complexity prompts. :-)