I came across a page today — Critical Thinking Development: A Stage Theory by Elder and Paul. They talk about the stages we go through in critical thinking, as we develop, and to me it suggests interesting connections to the stages of reading. Two things: First, I’m surprised, though not that surprised, at their observation that students come to college (and sometimes leave college) all the way back at “Unreflective Thinkers.” Sounds strongly connected to metacognitive skills that you use when reading that a number of students definitely lack.
Second, I’m not exactly sure where I fall on the spectrum — I think I still have some work to do . . .