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ERIC Number: EJ1052393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2065-1430
"On the Other Side of the Barrier Is Thinking"
Brown, Simon
Acta Didactica Napocensia, v2 n3 p1-8 2009
Science requires imagination nourished by knowledge, experience and sustained critical thinking. Science teaching has the same requirements, but metacognition is even more important to a teacher than it is to a practitoner of science. Critical thinking is essential to both science and science teaching: in either domain, imagination relies on sustained critical thinking based on relevant knowledge. Knowledge can be acquired by the prepared mind, but the capacity to think must be nurtured and exercised. The raw material of critical thinking is comprehension of fundamental processes rather than knowledge of facts. In parallel with the rapid growth of scientific knowledge, there has been a tendency to focus on content rather than developing the skills needed to do science. In essence, what has been neglected is critical thinking.
Babes-Bolyai University. Kogainiceanu 1, Cluj-Napoca, 400084 Romania. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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