TH!NK is a new initiative on campus that is designed to cultivate students’ higher order skills in critical and creative thinking. In TH!NK courses, students explore disciplinary content through a lens of critical and creative thinking, taking ownership of their own learning to truly engage their minds. These are skills we all need to be good citizens and to meaningfully contribute to society through our work.
Faculty who are implementing TH!NK strategies into courses received extensive training and provide students opportunities to develop and receive feedback on higher-order thinking skills.
NC State defines critical and creative thinking as follows:
Critical thinking is the active, persistent and careful consideration of a belief or form of knowledge. It includes analysis and judgments about the ideas and conditions that support beliefs and the conclusions that follow. Critical thinking involves analyzing and evaluating one’s own thinking and that of others. It is subject to intellectual standards, including clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, significance, depth, breadth, logic, and fairness.
Creative thinking is the generation of new ideas within or across disciplines. It draws upon or breaks rules and procedures in those disciplines and actively engages students in bringing together existing ideas into new configuration; developing new properties or possibilities for something that already exists; and discovering or imagining something entirely new. Standards for judging creative thinking include originality, appropriateness, flexibility, and contribution to the domain.
The outcomes we aim for students to achieve through the TH!NK initiative are:
A: Students will explain the intellectual standards for critical and creative thinking.
B: Students will evaluate the work of others using the intellectual standards for critical and creative thinking.
C: Students will apply critical and creative thinking skills and intellectual standards in the process of solving problems and addressing questions.
D: Students will reflect on their own thinking.