Culture does NOT influence critical thinking

I have noticed among my colleagues and students that are some misconceptions about critical thinking. One of those is that culture influences critical thinking. This is very far from the truth. A study by Miu-Chi, Ronald, and Colleen (2010) showed that “students’ critical thinking was found to predict their academic performance after controlling for the effects of English proficiency and general intellectual ability, but the relationship does not vary as a function of students’ cultural backgrounds or cultural adoption”. So please think twice before questioning sometimes intellect based on their languages spoken and cultural background. 🙂

References

Lun, V. M., Fischer, R., & Ward, C. (2010). Exploring cultural differences in critical thinking: Is it about my thinking style or the language I speak?. Learning & Individual Differences20(6), 604-616. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2010.07.001

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About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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