Robert H. Ennis' Academic Web Site
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My academic interests lie primarily in the areas, critical thinking, philosophy of science, (especially causality), and analysis of educational concepts. Click on any underlined item of interest to you for references, expansion, and unpublished thoughts. A number of references appear under more than one heading:
Critical Thinking Definition: Critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do.
See A Super-Streamlined Conception of Critical Thinking for a very brief outline of my most recent unexemplified version of a conception of critical thinking.
See A Streamlined Conception of Critical Thinking for a more detailed conception with examples.
See The Nature of Critical Thinking: An Outline of Critical Thinking Dispositions and Abilities for some elaboration of the above items (including some criteria, but still no examples).
See my Critical Thinking (Prentice Hall, 1996) for a more thorough presentation of criteria with many examples. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
For detailed attention to selected aspects of critical thinking, see: assumption ascription or identification, logical competence, best-explanation reasoning, definition strategy and tactics, credibility of sources, and critical thinking dispositions.
Critical Thinking Assessment: How do we assess critical thinking?
Critical Thinking Teaching/Curriculum: How should we teach critical thinking and incorporate it in a curriculum?
Includes concerns with causality and best-explanation inference; philosophy of educational research, including test reliability and validity; and science education.
of Educational Concepts
Includes concerns with assumptions, bias, causality, equality of educational opportunity, neutrality, and readiness.
A comprehensive record of my academic activities and publications (c.v.) is available.
Postal: 3904 Trentwood Place, Sarasota, FL 34243 USA
Phone: (941) 358-0906
Also: Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, 1310 S. 6th St., Champaign, IL 61820, USA; phone: (217) 333-2446.