Critical Thinking about Parenting
A. What is critical thinking?
B. Critical thinking is used in personal, academic and professional contexts.
C. Critical thinking requires critical reading
II. Critical Thinking and Parenting
III. Evaluating Sources of Information
IV. Science and Parenting
A. Science as a "way of knowing" about parenting
B. Science and non-science
§ Who participated in the study? How large was the sample and is the sample generalizable?
§ What were the methods used to collect data? Do they seem valid?
§ Does the author provide accurate explanations for the results? Does the author draw accurate conclusions?
§ When was the study conducted? Is it current and do the results apply to today’s children and families?
§ What is the source of the article? Internet? Popular Journal? Scholarly Journal? Book?
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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development
Updated: January 20, 2012
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