Informal Logic 35 (2):183-203 (2015)

Jeffrey Maynes
St. Lawrence University
Teaching critical thinking skill is a central pedagogical aim in many courses. These skills, it is hoped, will be both portable and durable. Yet, both of these virtues are challenged by pervasive and potent cognitive biases, such as motivated reasoning, false consensus bias and hindsight bias. In this paper, I argue that a focus on the development of metacognitive skill shows promise as a means to inculcate debiasing habits in students. Such habits will help students become more critical reasoners. I close with suggestions for implementing this strategy.
Keywords Critical Thinking  Reasoning  Metacognition
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DOI 10.22329/il.v35i2.4187
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