Gender Differences In Critical Thinking

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Traditional ideas suggested that men are superior at analytical thinking, so are better critical thinkers. Scientifically speaking, however, the issue of gender differences in CT has remained an area of controversy among researchers. Some studies reject gender differences on CT measures and some are in favor of the influential role of gender differences in CT skill. For instance, Kuhn 's (1992) findings revealed that argumentative thinking does not differ with sex. Semeric (2010) also reported that the relationships between gender and subdimentions of CT were almost zero. The studies of Myers and Dyer (2006) also confirm this finding. In these two studies, it was found that there were no differences between the CT skills of male and female students…show more content…
Nowadays, critical thinking is one of the major concepts under consideration in education. It has been mostly used for first language education in the United States, but today, its role in second and foreign language learning and teaching is of great importance. Atkinson (1997).Over the past twenty years critical thinking has moved from a small corner of the stage in philosophy and the social sciences to front and center. Robert Ennis (1962) had an article with this title "A concept of critical thinking" which is often credited as the starting point for the present interest in critical thinking in the English speaking…show more content…
Moreover, Hale (2008) states that critical thinking can penetrate every aspect of human life if it is substantively conceived and engaged. He emphasizes the importance of critical thinking in education and claims that critical thinking and education are inter-related and inseparable. If today 's learners are to effectively deal with complex changes, increased demands, intellectual challenges, and greater accountability of the modern life, they must become skilled in higher level thinking and reasoning abilities. Skills in critical thinking can pave the way for the necessary broader outlook, creative solutions and multiple pathways needed for successful quality improvement initiatives. Therefore, as Huitt (1998) pronounced, critical thinking is a very important element of schooling in the 21st century since in the information age, thinking plays a significant role in one 's success in life. He further says that the movement toward the information age has shifted attention to good thinking as a significant element of life success. These changing conditions require new outcomes, such as critical thinking, to be embarked upon as a focus of schooling (Rezaei et al.,
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