Critical Thinking

The 5 Techniques of Science Denial

In the article “A history of FLICC: the 5 techniques of science denial” places five strategies (Fake experts, Logical fallacies, Impossible expectations, Cherry picking, and Conspiracy theories.) into a the acronym FLICC. This article, elaborates on many other techniques within these broad 5 categories, including examples of each. The article includes links to a three …

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Activity: Evaluating Statistical Information: Product Selection

This activity gives students practice evaluating statistical information by placing them in the role of a therapist who needs to purchase software for her practice. It also helps show students the value of understanding concepts from research/statistics in contexts other than doing research. This activity should take approximately 15-20 minutes. Students could work individually or …

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Assignment: Reading and Evaluating Research

This resource (created by Dr. Suzanne Wood and Vanessa Chan with support from an Instructional Resource Award) describes five writing assignments designed to help students build critical thinking skills related to reading empirical research. Each activity has an overview, guidelines for students, and a rubric for instructors. This is a fantastic activity for students taking …

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