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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------How to Improve Critical Thinking Skills in eTwinning Projects by Xanthie Chouliara (Phd St) and Dr Spiros Kioulanis Creative thinking skills in eTwinning? What’s up? Nowadays, without any doubt, Critical Thinking is what every person needs in order to survive in a rapidly changing world. Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. It is primarily used in the field of education. The list of core critical thinking skills includes observation, interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation, explanation, and metacognition. According to Mulnix (2010), an individual or group engaged in a strong way of critical thinking gives due consideration to establish, for instance: evidence through observation; context skills to isolate the problem from context; relevant criteria for making the judgment well; applicable methods or techniques for forming the judgment; applicable theoretical constructs for understanding the problem and the question at hand. The critical thinking skills in eTwinning projects Critical thinking is an important element of all professional fields and academic disciplines by referencing their respective sets of permissible questions, evidence sources, criteria. These are the critical thinking skills – see http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/07/aquick-guide-to-21st-century-critical.html: In addition to possessing strong critical-thinking skills, an eTwinner needs to be disposed to engage problems and decisions using those skills. According to Mulnix’s “Broad intellectual criteria of critical thinking” (2010), critical thinking employs not only logic but broad intellectual criteria such as: The process of critical thinking involves the careful acquisition and interpretation of information and use of it to reach a well-justified conclusion – see http://itblibrary.blogspot.gr/2012/11/criticalthinking_13.html: 28