Critical thinking on technology use: Higher education course design to promote personal, professional and societal change

Susan K. Walker, Rebecca Leaf Brown

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Abstract

Higher education is a venue for developing critical thinking skills, dispositions and actions (Davies, 2015). With the exponential growth of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the last thirty years, dynamic changes and societal impacts, and evolving research findings, intentional use for personal and professional well-being depends on emerging adults' critical thinking abilities. This paper describes the design of an undergraduate course and elements of critical thinking deployed through content, learning activities and assessments. Thematic analysis of student qualitative responses at the end of the course indicate specific areas of growth that represent gains in cognitive skills, dispositions and action orientations. These validate the selected methods of instruction and underscore the course design, content and pedagogical framework as applicable to a wide range of content areas and field domains in higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHEAd 2020 - 6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
PublisherUniversitat Politecnica de Valencia
Pages1391-1398
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788490488119
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd 2020 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: Jun 2 2020Jun 5 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
Volume2020-June
ISSN (Electronic)2603-5871

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd 2020
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period6/2/206/5/20

Bibliographical note

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Keywords

  • Critical thinking
  • Dispositions
  • Preprofessional standards
  • Technology use

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