Foundation for Critical Thinking

Foundation for Critical Thinking

The Foundation for Critical Thinking and The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique are two sister educational non-profit organizations that work together to promote change in education and society through the cultivation of critical thinking. They are based in Dillon Beach, California.

The Foundation argues that critical thinking entails self-reflection and openmindedness, which are the keys to significant changes, and that a rich intellectual environment is possible only with critical thinking at the foundation of the educational process. It advocates educational and social reform based on critical thinking as well as developing and building practical alternatives.


The work of the Foundation is to integrate the Center's research and theoretical developments, and to create events and resources designed to help educators improve their instruction. Materials developed through the Foundation For Critical Thinking include books, thinker's guides, videos, and other teaching and learning resources. The Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking sponsor an annual International Critical Thinking Conference as well as advanced academies and international academies in Europe.

The Center for Critical Thinking

The Center conducts advanced research and disseminates information on critical thinking. It has worked with the College Board, the National Education Association, the United States Department of Education, and numerous colleges, universities, and school districts to facilitate the implementation of critical thinking instruction focused on intellectual standards.

The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking

The goal of the NCECT is to articulate, preserve, and foster intellectual standards in critical thinking research, scholarship, and instruction.

The International Center for the Assessment of Higher Order Thinking

The ICAT was founded to help K-12 schools, school districts, colleges, and universities design cost-effective ways to determine their success at teaching students fundamental critical thinking abilities. It has designed the International Critical Thinking Test, which is available through the Foundation for Critical Thinking.

Foundation for Critical Thinking Press

The Foundation for Critical Thinking Press publishes books, reports, thinker's guides and instructional materials in critical thinking. The publications are concerned with the affective dimensions of critical thought as well as the inherent relationships between critical thinking and their disciplines or areas of specialty. The goal of the Press is to offer a thinker's guide to every subject, discipline and domain of human thought.

External links

* [ The Foundation For Critical Thinking]
* [ An Interview with Linda Elder: About the Foundation for Critical Thinking's Annual Conference]

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