Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Critical Thinking Methods for Sustainable Development

  • Eleonora ConcinaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_205



Critical thinking is a high-level cognitive process. It includes several skills needed for evaluating and understanding specific events and conditions, defining goals and effectively planning actions for reaching them.


Critical thinking is, nowadays, an essential cognitive competence, cause to the current historical period, particularly characterized by complexity. Not only, indeed, current social, economic, cultural, and political issues are due to multidimensional events and interrelated causes, but people are overwhelmed by a huge amount of contrasting pieces of information, perspectives, beliefs, and approaches to reality. In this condition, learn to reflect critically, analyzing the events from different perspectives and considering all the elements that can be involved in, striving to reach a specific relevant goal, becomes essential for pursuing the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology (FISPPA)University of PadovaPadovaItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium