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ERIC Number: EJ1122950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
The Use of Critical Thinking in Higher Education in Relation to the International Student: Shifting Policy and Practice
Hammersley-Fletcher, Linda; Hanley, Christopher
British Educational Research Journal, v42 n6 p978-992 Dec 2016
Academic staff working within Western higher education institutions (HEIs), have a responsibility to encourage the continuous critique of knowledge and values, expressed both within the curriculum that they deliver and within society more widely. Critical thinking is often regarded as the hallmark of a good education. Atkinson however raised concerns, that such practices may possess an exclusive (and reductive) character, fraught with cultural issues. Consequently, international students may be at a disadvantage in understanding the underpinning principles of critical thinking. This article draws upon data from a small case-study sample of international Masters level students, as a means to examine and refine notions of critical thinking in relation to practices within one United Kingdom university. We suggest that these data indicate that it is time to re-evaluate and reconsider the ways in which we understand and promote critical thinking within academic work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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