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Critical thinking, peer-writing, and the importance of feedback.

Cajander, Åsa; Daniels, Mats; Peters, Anne-Kathrin; McDermott, Roger


Åsa Cajander

Mats Daniels

Anne-Kathrin Peters

Roger McDermott


Critical thinking is one of the key competencies listed by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) [1], a central European Community organization, and is also mentioned as a learning outcome for higher education by international organizations, such as ABET, ACM, and IEEE, as well as in numerous national and university legislations regarding higher education degrees. The ability to communicate, not least in writing, is another important competence our students are supposed to gain during their education. There is thus high agreement regarding the importance of these competencies, but it is not clear how to achieve this.

Start Date Oct 22, 2014
Publication Date Feb 19, 2015
Print ISSN 0190-5848
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Article Number 7044234
Series ISSN 0190-5848
Institution Citation CAJANDER, A., DANIELS, M., PETERS, A.-K. and MCDERMOTT, R. 2014. Critical thinking, peer-writing, and the importance of feedback. In Proceedings of the 2014 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2014): opening innovations and internationalization in engineering education, 22-25 October 2014, Madrid, Spain. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article number 7044234. Available from:
Keywords Critical thinking; Peer writing; Feedback; Collaboration; Writing; Competencies


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