Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines

Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring 2013

Peter Facione, Noreen Facione
Pages 5-25

Critical Thinking for Life
Valuing, Measuring, and Training Critical Thinking in All Its Forms

This essay describes the questions which shaped and continue to fuel Peter and Noreen Facione’s passionate involvement with critical thinking, its definition, measurement, training, and practical application to everyday decisions, big and small. In reflecting on their work they say “we have identified three groups of questions: those vexing, recurring questions that motivate us to explore critical thinking, those scholarly questions around which we organized our empirical and conceptual research, and those urgent practical questions which demand the development of applications and assessment solutions. We conclude with two recommendations for the consideration of all those who value fair-minded, well-reasoned, reflective decision making.”