Stahl (1999) offers some characteristics of knowledge-building discussion. These knowledge-building "tools" are examples of use of critical thinking skills. The National Council of Teachers of English states that critical thinking is "a process which stresses an attitude of suspended judgment, incorporates logical inquiry and problem solving, and leads to an evaluative decision on action." A list of definitions of critical thinking has been compiled by Barbara Fowler.
Below are listed Stahl's knowledge building characteristics with some hypothetical examples of each. In some cases a post may be classified in more than one category. In such cases, choose the one you think is closest.
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