Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking has been organized around Halpern's (2003) framework for teaching critical thinking skills across disciplines. According to this framework, well-rounded critical thinking instruction helps students acquire:

  • a critical thinking attitude or habit of intellectual deliberation;
  • individual intellectual skills like analysis and inference;
  • the ability to use these skills in new contexts, and
  • the ability to reflect upon and evaluate one's own thinking (metacognition).


In each section, you will find:
  • an overview and exploration of each topic
  • an annotated summary of research and resources
  • featured strategies for skills training and teaching critical thinking
  • classroom footage showing instructors at UT Austin using their favorite techniques and
  • reflective commentaries where instructors share their lessons learned.

Teaching critical thinking provides students with intentional challenges and supportive practice in overcoming those challenges using specific intellectual skills. The purpose of this resource is to equip you with insights and tools to help your students through this process.

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Halpern's Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking

Develop Critical Thinking Attitude
Critical Thinking Skills Training
Use Skills in New Contexts


Halpern, D.F. (2003). Thought and knowledge: An introduction to critical thinking (4th Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.