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ILO 5: Critical Thinking and Reading: Home

Definition of Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the habit of exploring a phenomenon (e.g., an event, artifact, story, or issue) and applying certain criteria to determine its value and legitimacy. It involves analyzing and synthesizing often contradictory pieces of information and logically connecting ideas to make sound, well-reasoned judgments. Critical thinkers tolerate ambiguity, recognize underlying assumptions, welcome counterarguments, and routinely revise their own beliefs in response to the world around them.

Critical reading occurs when readers actively engage with a written, visual, or auditory text, going beyond its surface-level characteristics to identify and evaluate its deeper structural elements, such as purpose, tone, organization, and meaning. Those who read critically assume an objective point of view, and interact with a text by making annotations, posing questions, and forming their own opinions about what they’ve read.

Critical Thinking Outcome

  • Use an array of critical thinking strategies to make meaningful connections between divergent ideas and to observe, recognize, and solve novel problems.
  • Students will adopt an unbiased approach to the act of reading, probing a variety of different texts to identify and explain their key elements and to uncover both the strengths and weaknesses in their deep structure.


Syllabus Requirements

Syllabus Requirements:
Include at least one critical reading-specific CSLO
Align CSLOs to ILO 5 Critical Thinking and Reading
Assign multiple texts including textbooks, works of fiction and non-fiction, news articles,
research articles, social media posts, films, songs, visuals, or any other type of text

Dedicate adequate class-time for reading instruction/discussion
Measure reading comprehension through assessments such as critical responses, quizzes,
tests, written summaries, group, class discussion etc.

Incorporate reflection assignments showing personal growth through reading
Assign at least 50% of the grade to critical reading
In the approval process, submit at least one example of a reading assignment and how it will

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