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ERIC Number: EJ1134753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
A Hopeful Pedagogy to Critical Thinking
Nicholas, Mark C.; Raider-Roth, Miriam
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v10 n2 Article 3 Jul 2016
Elements of what we are calling a "hopeful pedagogy" emerged when faculty reflected on the question--Do you think your current approach to develop CT in students is successful? Faculty across disciplines and institutions used the word "hope" to characterize the outcome of their efforts. While attempting to disentangle the "hopeful pedagogy", we found answers in (a) how faculty defined CT in disciplinary and non-disciplinary contexts; (b) a misalignment between faculty and institutional approaches to CT; (c) a disconnect between faculty and their own approaches to CT, and (d) logistical and curricular issues within general education programs that placed constraints on the ability of faculty to adequately focus on CT. The "hopeful pedagogy" brought to the forefront the serious implications of a misaligned system for student learning, faculty engagement, institutional improvement and accountability.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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