This book considers a goal shared by faculty across the disciplines — how we can help students learn to think more critically. Stephen Brookfield begins by recognizing that "critical thinking" means different things in different disciplines and at different times in a student's time at the university (from a first year undergraduate to a student completing her work for a graduate degree). Despite the variation, Brookfield identifies basic protocols of critical thinking that focus on students uncovering and checking assumptions, exploring alternative perspectives, and taking informed actions. The book then offers advice about how faculty might adapt these general principles to specific disciplinary and course contexts.
In our summer reading group, we will meet 3 times (based on participant schedules) to discuss the book and to develop ways to apply Brookfield's ideas in our own classrooms.