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“ The Dephi Report ” Report. (subtitled: What I read this summer). What is The Delphi Report ?. An overview of the skill and dispositional dimensions of critical thinking Fifteen recommendations pertaining to critical thinking instruction and assessment

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The dephi report report

“The Dephi Report” Report

(subtitled: What I read this summer)


What is the delphi report

What is The Delphi Report?

  • An overview of the skill and dispositional dimensions of critical thinking

  • Fifteen recommendations pertaining to critical thinking instruction and assessment

  • Download the Executive Summary: http://www.insightassessment.com/dex.html


Who created the delphi report

Who created The Delphi Report?

  • 46 experts (mostly college professors) from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, education and the social sciences contributed ideas

  • Peter Facione, currently Provost at Loyola University, compiled the report


Why delphi you

Why “Delphi” (you)?

  • On the notecard, write a few phrases that come to mind when you hear “Delphi” or “Delphi Method”

  • Share ideas


How was the delphi report created step 1

How was The Delphi Report created (step 1)?

  • The “Delphi Method” is a method of structuring group communication to achieve consensus

  • Central investigator organizes an expert panel and presents the initial question

  • “How should college level critical thinking be defined so that college professors know which skills and dispositions to cultivate?”


How was the delphi report created step 2

How was The Delphi Report created (step 2)?

  • Central investigator receives all responses to the question

  • Central investigator summarizes responses and transmits them to the expert panel

  • Experts express agreement or disagreement with the summary


How was the delphi report created step 3

How was The Delphi Report created (step 3)?

  • When consensus is near, central investigator proposes this and asks if the experts agree

  • If not, points of disagreement are registered

  • All comments throughout the process are anonymous


Why critical thinking

Why Critical Thinking?

  • Teaching thinking is central to the idea of a liberal education

  • Philosopher John Dewey was one of the first educators to stress the centrality of reflective thinking

  • Reflective thinking, critical thinking, higher-order thinking - no consensus definition until the Delphi Report


Why is the delphi report important

Why is The Delphi Report important?

  • First consensus definition of critical thinking

  • According to a California study, 89% of faculty said critical thinking was a primary objective but…

  • Only 19% could give a clear definition and…

  • Only 9% were teaching for critical thinking on a typical class day


What does the delphi report say

What does The Delphi Report say?

  • Critical thinking involves six major cognitive skills

  • Critical thinking requires certain affective dispositions such as inquisitiveness, self-confidence and open-mindedness

  • Critical thinking can be assessed


Later today

Later today...

  • Discuss critical thinking assessment methods

  • But first…

  • Lunch


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