6The Third Way of LearningLEARNING TO THINKInquiry Learning

THE FAMOUS FRENCH SCULPTOR RODIN idealized thinking in his bigger-than-life, chin-on-fist rendering of The Thinker. Our everyday language is full of references to thinking. We say “I need more time to think.” “Let me think that over.” “She is good at thinking on her feet.” What is thinking? Is asking questions a way of learning?

In this new era, overwhelmed as we often are by the sheer amount of information at our disposal, we often wonder if the information we have is any good. In addition to acquiring information, we need to evaluate it and decide what to do with it. If the second way of learning is about processing and remembering information, the third way of learning is about criticizing ...

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