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Critical Thinking Card Game

Author: Craig Morley (University of Chester) (University of Chester)
Description: • Identify what critical thinking is
• Apply critical thinking
• Recall questions to ask of source material to aid critical thinking, reading and
• Interpret and analyse subject information
Estimated activity time: 10 minutes
Type of media: Handout/s, Interactive learning object
Licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0
(This resource can be freely repurposed and reused)
Category: Critical Thinking and Reflection
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Date: This information/resource was last updated in .


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This is a useful gamification-based activity to help demystify critical thinking and analysis. It is adaptable to all levels of study. The accompanying Critical Thinking Cards are provided.

Specific resources needed for implementing this resource:

Critical Thinking Cards

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Instructions for use:

  1. Students are shown a statement, question or stat etc. on PowerPoint slide
  2. Tutor uses a Critical Thinking card to make a statement about the prompting question (as an example for students)
  3. Cards are put face down, students pick a card at random and see what question they have (give students time to think about this)
  4. Using their chosen card as a prompt, each student makes a critical statement or asks a critical question about the statement, question or stat etc. on the PowerPoint slide
  5. Tutor rounds up student statements to highlight that all students have engaged in critical analysis and to reinforce that critical thinking is not as difficult or mysterious as may have previously been thought.

Further Suggestions:

This activity can be incorporated into a teaching session when dealing with contentious issues or debates within a subject topic. It can be used with small seminar groups or to make lectures interactive and encourage student engagement.

This activity can be leveled up by:

  1. Using more complex and nuanced prompting questions and statements or by asking students to analyse competing statements from the literature.
  2. Ask students to use Critical Thinking Cards to make competing claims about the prompting question, statement etc.

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