Gerald F. Smith
This paper examines the question of whether there are useful general thinking skills. It offers a working definition of `thinking skills’ and identifes ways in which this concept has been over-applied. Thinking skills, used across domains, are not inevitably weak as a result of the generality-power tradeo. . Admitting that thinking skills require domain-specific knowledge for their application, it is contended nonetheless that there are general thinking skills that involve substantial amounts of domain-independent knowledge.