ERIC Number: ED410900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education: A Critical Business.
Current concepts of critical thinking need to be reconstrued into the much broader concept of "critical being" and applied to higher education. Under this construct, critical persons (students) become more than just critical thinkers; they engage critically with the world and with themselves; they not only reflect critically on knowledge, but also develop powers of critical self-reflection and critical action. Concurrent with the concept of critical being is a form of social and personal epistemology; the belief that through higher education students can be changed as persons by their experiences. Argument of this thesis, directed largely to the British university system, is broken down into three parts which are presented in three sections. In the first section, critical thinking is "rethought," the conditions of critical thought are defined, and critical theory, discourse, and critical potential are examined. In the second section, the argument moves toward a definition of critical being, with discussions of its impact on higher education, critical action, critical self-reflection, and an appropriate curriculum. The final section looks at critical thought in a corporate world, at critical professionalism, at academics as intellectuals, and at critical thinking for a learning society. Appended are a brief coda on critical space and glossary. (Contains approximately 150 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Creative Thinking, Critical Theory, Critical Thinking, Divergent Thinking, Educational Philosophy, Epistemology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Individual Development, Reflective Teaching, Rhetorical Criticism, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Congruence, Social Action, Social Change, Social Responsibility
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom