Full Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found at Studies in Higher Education ISSN: 0307-5079 (Print) 1470-174X (Online) Journal homepage: Critical thinking in business education: current outlook and future prospects Angelito Calma & Martin Davies To cite this article: Angelito Calma & Martin Davies (2020): Critical thinking in business education: current outlook and future prospects, Studies in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1716324 To link to this article: Published online: 06 Feb 2020. Submit your article to this journal View related articles View Crossmark data
Critical thinking in business education: current outlook and future prospects Angelito Calma a and Martin Davies b a Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia; b Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia ABSTRACT This study investigates all available literature related to critical thinking in business education in a survey of publications in the fi eld produced from 1990 – 2019. It conducts a thematic analysis of 787 articles found in Web of Science and Google Scholar , including a speci fi c focus on 55 highly-cited articles. The aim is to investigate the importance of critical thinking in business education, how it is conceptualised in business education research, the business contexts in which critical thinking is situated, and the key and more marginal themes related to critical thinking outlined in the business and business education literature. The paper outlines six key areas and topics associated with those areas. It suggests future directions for further scholarly work in the area of critical thinking in business education. KEYWORDS Critical thinking; business; business education; higher- order skills; systematic review; literature review Introduction Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill needed in a changing, challenging world replete with ‘ fake news ’ (Khidhir 2018 ). It is seen as an important part of a repertoire of skills that students require in both academic and professional domains. This includes being successful in business in an increasingly globalised economy (Kirby 2004 ). A 2016 report claims that demand for critical think- ing skills has risen 158 percent (Foundation for Young Australians 2016 ). Surveys by Forbes using data from CareerBuilder and O*Net — the US clearinghouse of occupational information — identi fi ed critical thinking as the fi rst-listed in a list of top ten skills that help people get hired. In a major 2006 report, a consortium of US organisations surveyed ranked ‘ critical thinking ’ higher than ‘ innovation ’ and ‘ appli- cation of information technology ’ as a skill (Casner-Lotto and Benner 2006 ). Other documents that call for the importance of critical thinking skills include the National Association of Colleges and Employ- ers ’ 2018 Job Outlook (NACE 2019 ) survey, the Foundation for Young Australians ’ report (FYA 2017 ),
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