On Teaching Critical Thinking to Engineering Students

Luíz Moniz Pereira
Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Ludwig Krippahl
Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

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Ingår i: The 13th International Conference on Thinking Norrköping; Sweden June 17-21; 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 21:21, s. 153-158

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Publicerad: 2007-07-20


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper describes the first attempt at teaching critical thinking skills in a Portuguese engineering undergraduate curriculum; at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universdade Nova de Lisboa; for Informatics Engineering students. It addresses the motivation and curricular reforms that made this course desirable and possible to implement; the structure and objectives of the course; and the results obtained; both as reported by the student’s personal evaluation of the course and by the academic results. After this successful experimental instalment; this course is likely to become available to other undergraduate programs in Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia.


Critical thinking; teaching; engineering


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