Chapter 18. Teaching Critical Thinking About Difficult Topics

  1. Dana S. Dunn PhD, BA social psychologist professor director Fellow Chair2,
  2. Jane S. Halonen clinical psychologist Dean leader Director Fellow president academic consultant department reviewer Chief Reader3 and
  3. Randolph A. Smith doctorate Professor Chair Fellow member President4
  1. Paul C. Smith and
  2. Kris Vasquez

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305173.ch18

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices

Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices

How to Cite

Smith, P. C. and Vasquez, K. (2008) Teaching Critical Thinking About Difficult Topics, in Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices (eds D. S. Dunn, J. S. Halonen and R. A. Smith), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305173.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA

  2. 3

    University of West Florida, USA

  3. 4

    Lamar University, USA

Author Information

  1. Alverno College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174022

Online ISBN: 9781444305173

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Keywords:

  • teaching critical thinking about difficult topics;
  • conditionalizing critical thinking;
  • teaching students to evaluate personal experience-based beliefs;
  • students engaging in discussion about a social issue - quickly reverting to defensiveness or ad hominem attacks;
  • moral values;
  • motivated irrationality;
  • assessing critical thinking in variety of contexts;
  • model critical thinking about one's own beliefs;
  • be aware of audience effects

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Immovable Objects

  • Irresistible Forces

  • Suggestions for Faculty

  • Conclusion

  • References