Activity time: 10 Minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive Learning Object
Craig Morley (University of Chester)
• Identify what critical thinking is • Apply critical thinking • Recall questions to ask of source material to aid critical thinking, reading and writing • Interpret and analyse subject information
(This resource can be freely repurposed and reused)
This information/resource was last updated in June 2021.
This post was originally added to LearnHigher on: April 8, 2019
About this resource
This is a useful gamification-based activity to help demystify critical thinking and analysis. It is adaptable to all levels of study. The accompanying Critical Thinking Cards are provided.
Specific resources needed for implementing this resource:
Critical Thinking Cards
Contributor’s comments on the use of this resource:
Instructions for use:
- Students are shown a statement, question or stat etc. on PowerPoint slide
- Tutor uses a Critical Thinking card to make a statement about the prompting
question (as an example for students)
- Cards are put face down, students pick a card at random and see what
question they have (give students time to think about this)
- Using their chosen card as a prompt, each student makes a critical statement
or asks a critical question about the statement, question or stat etc. on the
- Tutor rounds up student statements to highlight that all students have
engaged in critical analysis and to reinforce that critical thinking is not as
difficult or mysterious as may have previously been thought.
This activity can be incorporated into a teaching session when dealing with contentious issues or debates within a subject topic.
It can be used with small seminar groups or to make lectures interactive and encourage student engagement.
This activity can be leveled up by:
- Using more complex and nuanced prompting questions and statements or by
asking students to analyse competing statements from the literature.
- Ask students to use Critical Thinking Cards to make competing claims about
the prompting question, statement etc.