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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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