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CRITHINKEDU – Critical Thinking Across the European Higher Education Curricula

CRITHINKEDU arises both from the background and ongoing concern of some European Higher Education Institutions (EHEI), business corporations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) to better support and align the development of students’ Critical Thinking (CT) with labour market needs and societal challenges.

The project carried-out several research and training activities, leading to the development of 6 innovative outputs that can be assumed as a pioneer toolkit to the sustainability of CT education around the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

OUTPUT 1 (O1) - A European collection of CT skills and dispositions needed in different professional fields for the 21st century.

OUTPUT 2 (O2) - A European review on CT educational practices in Higher Education Institutions

OUTPUT 3 (O3) – “The CRITHINKEDU European course on CT education for university teachers: from conception to delivery” describes the 5-day teachers’ training course, collectively designed by the partnership considering the results of O2.

OUTPUT 4 (O4) - Promoting CT in European Higher Education Institutions: towards an educational protocol.

OUTPUT 5 (O5) – Special Issue on ‘CT in Higher Education’, published in the “Studies in Higher Education” journal (Vol.44, 2019).

OUTPUT 6 (O6) - Infographic: CRITHINKEDU IMPACT REPORT – A journey on CT in European higher education. It consists in a “marketing” tool that summarizes, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the main activities and outputs achieved during the project lifetime, as well as their impact on different audiences.

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Critical Thinking


As of today, there is an impressive number of EU co-financed projects labelled under the keyword “Critical Thinking”. For instance, results from the E+ project results’ platform lists nearly 6.900 international projects.

Such a large sample of case studies represents both an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity because we have plenty of case studies to report to readers’ attention for further source of reference, a challenge because it increases the complexity in selecting those that might be relevant to the actual impact radius of ESSENCE.

However, after applying few filters to our research, we manage to collect a short sample of initiatives that are meaningful and coherent to our objectives. All information is extrapolated directly from the snapshot available on the platform.