Literacy and Critical Thinking in the Digital Age


“Critical thinking is more than a buzz phrase; it’s the ultimate goal of all education.

In How We Think (1910), John Dewey defines critical thinking as “reflective thought” rather than routine thought; it’s the process of “active, persistent, and careful consideration” of the credibility and conclusions of supposed knowledge or information.  

That’s basically what we mean by research, which is defined as “careful or diligent search, studious inquiry or examination, especially investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts and revision of accepted theories” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

 As teachers, we don’t simply pour facts into empty vessels; we nurture minds to become adept at this kind of critical interaction with information.”

 – From Search to Research: Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research Skills, Bing and Microsoft Education team  2010

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