A good educator will teach their students how to think critically, but how to teach critical thinking skills is still a difficult topic for many educators. Spencer Wagley, associate professor of education at Sterling College, wrote his dissertation on this topic to successfully complete his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Students will begin calling him Dr. Wagley as they return for classes this spring.
“I developed an interest in critical thinking during a doctoral course I took. I found the topic to be relevant and necessary for the field of education. It really has developed into a passion. I hope to continue to explore the subject,” said Wagley.
In his study, Wagley used a qualitative description method to compare the current knowledge, skills and dispositions toward critical thinking of teacher education candidates and teacher education faculty. He found that both parties had a similar understanding of the topic, meaning that as faculty grow in their understanding of this area, so do thei