Evaluating an infusion approach to the teaching of critical thinking skills through mathematics

Einav Aizikovitsh, Miri Amit

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Current reforms in mathematics education worldwide include the transition from algorithmic cognitive skills towards higher order cognitive skills, particularly critical thinking. Ennis defines critical thinking as "reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do" (Ennis, 1987, 1989). This research investigated the viability and consequences of developing critical thinking among students through a program of instruction in probability, employing the infusion approach (Swartz, 1992). Statistical comparison of these students' averages in the Cornell tests focused on the relative rate of improvement. An ANOVA test showed that the experimental group considerably improved their critical thinking abilities and disposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3818-3822
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 13 Oct 2010
Event2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 Feb 20108 Feb 2010


  • Critical thinking
  • abilities of critical thinking
  • disposions of critical thinking
  • infustion approch
  • probability in daily life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Psychology (all)


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