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How do Shorter students define Christ-Centered Critical Thinking?
Fall 2011 Student focus group responses
What does the phrase, “Christ is the ultimate critical thinker,” mean to Shorter students?
What does it mean for a University to be Christ-Centered?
Historically, American denominationally-tied colleges and universities have had diverse and evolving approaches to integrating faith and learning in the classroom and within individual disciplines, as well as to defining their Christian identity. These approaches have been complicated by the ascension of secularism, especially in scholarship and in post-graduate studies, necessitating recruitment of secularly educated faculty, staff, and administrators to Christian institutions.
The question is often asked: What is the difference between a secular and Christian institution of higher education? Markos (2010) argues there are only three values that higher education institutions teach: tolerance, environmentalism, and egalitarianism. However, Glanzer (2010, p. p. 381) states that “leaders and faculty at Christian colleges and universities have the tools to define the human and therefore properly overcome the supposed divide between facts and values.” Glanzer’s explanation is summarized in the table below.
For a complete reference list, refer to the QEP Resources section.
What is Shorter University’s definition of critical thinking?
While there are multiple definitions for critical thinking, we will use the definition of critical thinking of The Foundation for Critical Thinking (Paul & Elder, 2009):
Critical thinking is the process of analyzing and assessing thinking with a view to improving it. Critical thinking presupposes knowledge of the most basic structures in thinking (the elements of thought) and the most basic intellectual standards for thinking (universal intellectual standards). The key to the creative side of critical thinking (the actual improving of thought) is in restructuring thinking as a result of analyzing and effectively assessing it. (p. 6)
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