Ron Ritchhart’s Eight Thinking Continua

Thinking clip art#1Eight thinking continua, By Ron Ritchhart. Cultures of Thinking Project. Harvard Project Zero, 2008. This is a great tool to assess deep thinking. I find it particularly useful for the assessment of essays and written work. I have created a rubric based on Ron Ritchhart’s continua in a Word Doc.

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  • Continuum 1: Considering Viewpoints
    • One Sided   <>   Multi Dimensional
  • Continuum 2: Describing What’s There
    • Obvious & General  <>  Detailed & Elaborated
  • Continuum 3: Reasoning With Evidence
    • Baseless    <>  Supported
  • Continuum 4: Building Explantions
    • Simple & Fixed    <>  Multifacted &  Evolving
  • Continuum 5: Making Connections
    • Cursory & Trivial    <>  Thorough & Insightful
  • Continuum 6: Capturing The Heart And Forming Conclusions
    • Tangential    <>   Core
  • Continuum 7: Wondering
    • Narrow & Closed    <>  Broad & Generative
  • Continuum 8: Uncovering Complexity
    • Superficial   <>  Deep