Higher-order thinking critical, but hard to define

02/19/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Teaching critical-thinking skills has become increasingly important to educators, yet there is scant agreement on what exactly such skills entail or how best to develop them. "It's like [former Supreme Court justice] Potter Stewart's definition of pornography: You know it when you see it," said Robert J. Sternberg, a Tufts University dean and leading researcher on thinking styles.

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