Higher-Order Thinking Skills
The primary definition of higher-order thinking used to focus the Make an Impact @ SFA project comes from Thomas and Thorne (2008). Higher Order Thinking, or HOT for short, takes thinking to higher levels than just restating the facts. HOT requires that we do something with the facts. We must understand them, connect them to each other, categorize them, manipulate them, put them together in new or novel ways, and apply them as we seek new solutions to new problems (p.1).
King, F.J., Goodson, L., & Rohani, F. (1998) Higher order thinking skills: Definitions, strategies, assessment. Retrieved from: http://www.cala.fsu.edu/files/higher_order_thinking_skills.pdf
Bloom's Taxonomy Connections:
These skills are commonly defined based on Bloom's Taxonomy, which examines and categorizes different levels of thinking; HOTS being placed amongst the higher levels. The levels of thinking for Bloom's Taxonomy starting from lowest to highest are knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. When doing work that requires use of a higher level of thinking such as evaluation, then you are using higher order thinking skills. Thus, level of understanding must be higher in order to complete this type of work.