Occasional papers - Thinking skills for an AI world

This selection of curated papers provides a more in depth discussion about component parts of the thinking skills for the future debate.

How to Teach Critical Thinking

Daniel Willingham is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This paper considers the ongoing debate over how critical thinking skills are developed and taught and outlines a plan for teaching specific critical thinking skills.

Helping Future Citizens Navigate an Automated, Datafied World

Lyria Bennett Moses is a Professor and Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at UNSW -Sydney. This paper outlines the impact of algorithmic decision making on society and provides suggestions for how education can best equip students to navigate these ethical challenges.

On Critical Thinking and Collaborative Inquiry

Peter Ellerton is a lecturer in critical thinking at the University of Queensland and is the founding director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project. This paper (PDF 347.41KB) explores the importance of critical thinking - what it is, why young people need it as part of their 21st century skill-set, and how education can support its development.

A Conversation about Computational Thinking

Jeannette M. Wing is Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. She has been Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research; Development Head of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University; and Assistant Director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation. This paper examines what computational thinking is and why it matters.

Coding and Computational Thinking: What is the Evidence?

The Strategic Education Reform and Policy Directorate commissioned a team of researchers from the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney to investigate the available evidence on how to teach computational thinking and coding, and the relationship between the two.

A Look at Complex Problem Solving in the 21st Century

Thiemo Kunze is a doctoral student, Dr. Matthias Stadler is a postdoctoral researcher and Prof. Samuel Greiff is head of Computer-Based Assessment research group at the University of Luxembourg. This paper (PDF 442.32KB) examines the concept and assessment of complex problem solving skills.

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