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

Cajander, �sa; Daniels, Mats; Peters, Anne-Kathrin; McDermott, Roger


�sa Cajander

Mats Daniels

Anne-Kathrin Peters


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.


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:

Conference Name 2014 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2014)
Conference Location Madrid, Spain
Start Date Oct 22, 2014
End Date Oct 25, 2014
Acceptance Date Oct 22, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 22, 2014
Publication Date Feb 19, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 14, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 14, 2017
Print ISSN 0190-5848
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Article Number 7044234
Series ISSN 0190-5848
Keywords Critical thinking; Peer writing; Feedback; Collaboration; Writing; Competencies
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