A Wall Street Journal article explores the increasing currency of a skill traditionally associated with the humanities. Noting that “mentions of critical thinking in job postings have doubled since 2009” the article goes on to explore the challenge of translating this fundamental academic skill across a professional landscape that defines it in various ways. While employers express a strong interest in critically-thinking employees, they tend to have very profession-specific ideas about what this means. The article raises important definitional questions about a core competency identified with liberal arts education. We might ask the same question in the context of the university. How is critical thinking defined across disciplines and curricula? Do some aspects translate from one discipline to the next and, potentially, one profession to the next?
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*Thanks to Jamie Horrocks for the link.