Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking: Polar opposite or Binary Relation?

A Visitorship Report on the 34th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform

By Justin Skea, St Cyprian’s School

‘Critical thinking’ and ‘Creative thinking’ are concepts becoming increasingly used in school marketing jargon, yet to what extent do we truly understand the essence of such terms and how is it possible to ‘teach’ such thinking?

Furthermore, do criticality and creativity exist on opposite ends of a thinking spectrum and stand as mutually exclusive or does each necessitate the other in a strong interconnectedness?

Through this report, these questions will be answered (to some degree) drawing largely upon the research and theories of Dr Richard Paul (2007 & 2014) and in so doing, providing insight into foundational concepts developed throughout the 34th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform.

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