Children’s Critical Thinking When Learning from Others:
A Critique Submitted by
El Centro College
Psychology 2301, Section 53xxx, Spring 2013
Running head: CHILDREN AND CRITICAL THINKING 1
Running head: CHIDREN AND CRITICAL THINKING
Everyday children must decide for themselves about what is a reliable source of information. They must critically evaluate a source, be it a cartoon watched on television or a conversation held with another child or adult. Children must also determine if a source is reliable and credible or lacking in real information and thus risky, then think critically about the information that is given to them. Heyman’s (2008) meta-analytic study explores how critical thinking skills can be taught to children and defines critical thinking and analyses how early and how well these critical thinking skills develop in children. Heyman (2008) also explores how social experiences shape the development of these skills, including a comparison of responses in Chinese and American children. The researcher (Heyman, 2008) hopes that information from this study and prior studies discussed in this article, can be used by parents as a means for guiding their children along a path towards critical thinking.
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Children’s Critical Thinking When Learning from Others
Heyman, G.D. (2008). Children’s critical thinking when learning from others. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(5), pp. 344-347.