Summaries and reviews for The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education

Martin Davies and Ronald Barnett (Eds)
Palgrave MacMillan; ISBN: 9-7811-3737-8033 (HB)


This book is the product of dozens of scholars from many institutions across five continents. It is subject to a symposium review series in Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. The official ‘blurb’ is as follows: The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education explores critical thinking in higher education in all its forms, from definitions to teaching and incorporating it into the curriculum, its relationship to culture and the professions, and its social perspectives and scientific and cognitive manifestations. Davies and Barnett ask what is critical thinking, especially in the context of higher education? The handbook explores these questions, with contributors offering their insight into the contemporary understandings of higher education worldwide.


Introduction: Martin Davies and Ronald Barnett

Part I: What Is Critical Thinking in Higher Education? 
1. Critical Thinking: A Streamlined Conception (Robert H. Ennis)
2. Critical Thinking and/or Argumentation in Higher Education (Richard Andrews)
3. A Curriculum for Critical Being (Ronald Barnett)
4. Willingness to Inquire: The Cardinal Critical Thinking Virtue (Benjamin Hamby)

Part II Teaching Critical Thinking
5. Teaching Critical Thinking: An Operational Framework (Keith Thomas and Beatrice Lok)
6. Teaching Critical Thinking for Lifelong Learning (Paul Green)
7. Teaching Critical Thinking as Inquiry (Sharon Bailin and Mark Battersby)
8. Debate’s Relationship to Critical Thinking (Stephen M. Llano)
9. Thick Critical Thinking: Toward a New Classroom Pedagogy (Milton W. Wendland, Chris Robinson, and Peter A. Williams)
10. A Disciplined Approach to Critical Thinking (Anna Jones)
11. Using Argument Mapping to Improve Critical Thinking Skills (Tim van Gelder)

Part III Incorporating Critical Thinking in the Curriculum
12. The Relationship between Self-Regulation, Personal Epistemology, and Becoming a “Critical Thinker”: Implications for Pedagogy (Iris Vardi)
13. Using Argument Diagramming to Teach Critical Thinking in a First-Year Writing Course (Maralee Harrell and Danielle Wetzel)
14. Virtue and Inquiry: Bridging the Transfer Gap (Tracy Bowell and Justine Kingsbury)
15. Proposition Testing: A Strategy to Develop Critical Thinking for Essay Writing (Sara Hammer and Phil Griffiths)
16. Conditions for Criticality in Doctoral Education: A Creative Concern (Eva M. Brodin)
17. The Effectiveness of Instruction in Critical Thinking (David Hitchcock)

Part IV Critical Thinking and Culture
18. Do Students from Different Cultures Think Differently about Critical and Other Thinking Skills? (Emmanuel Manalo, Takashi Kusumi, Masuo Koyasu, Yasushi Michita,
and Yuko Tanaka)
19. Critical Thinking through a Multicultural Lens: Cultural Challenges of Teaching Critical Thinking (Maha Bali)
20. Cultural Variance, Critical Thinking, and IndigenousKnowledges: Exploring a Both-Ways Approach (Sharon K. Chirgwin and Henk Huijser)
21. Critical Thinking Education with Chinese Characteristics (Yu Dong)

Part V Critical Thinking and the Cognitive Sciences
22. Metacognitive Education: Going beyond Critical Thinking (Joe Y. F. Lau)
23. Applying Cognitive Science to Critical Thinking among Higher Education Students (Jason M. Lodge, Erin O’Connor, Rhonda Shaw, and Lorelle Burton)
24. Metacognition and Critical Thinking: Some Pedagogical Imperatives (Peter Ellerton)

Part VI Critical Thinking and the Professions
25. Critical Thinking in Professional Accounting Practice:Conceptions of Employers and Practitioners (Samantha Sin, Alan Jones, and Zijian Wang)
26. Critical Thinking for Future Practice: Learning to Question (Franziska Trede and Celina McEwen)
27. Criticality in Osteopathic Medicine: Exploring the Relationship between Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning (Sandra Grace and Paul J. Orrock)
28. Making Critical Thinking Visible in Undergraduates’ Experiences of Scientific Research (Anna N. Wilson, Susan M. Howitt, Denise M. Higgins, and Pamela J. Roberts)
29. Using Social Media to Enhance Critical Thinking: Crossing
Socio-Educational Divides (Nancy November)

Part VII Social Perspectives on Critical Thinking
30. Speaking Truth to Power: Teaching Critical Thinking in the Critical Theory Tradition (Stephen Brookfield)
31. Stumbling over the First Hurdle? Exploring Notions of Critical Citizenship Elmarie Costandius (Margaret Blackie, Brenda Leibowitz, Ian Nell,
Rhoda Malgas, Sophia Olivia Rosochacki, and Gert Young)
32. Critical Pedagogy: Critical Thinking as a Social Practice (Stephen Cowden and Gurnam Singh)
33. The Knowledge Practices of Critical Thinking (Eszter Szenes, Namala Tilakaratna, and Karl Maton)
34. Critical Thinking for Educated Citizenship (Monique Volman and Geert ten Dam)

Notes on Contributors


Review 1: Denis Bryant (2016), Think Critical; Be Critical, Australian Universities’ Review, Vol 58(1): pp. 99-100.

Review 2: Judie Cross (2015), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education (Review). Journal of Organizational Knowledge Communication, Vol 2(1): 81-87.

Review 3:  David Wright, Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Curriculum. Vol. 20 No. 2 (Summer 2015): 2-3.

Review 4:  Deepa Idnani (2017), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Vol 54(4): pp. 403-405.

Review 5: Maria Saunders (2018). Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Curriculum. Vol. 31 No. 2 (Summer 2016): 47-54.

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