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ERIC Number: EJ865634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
From Policies to Realities: Developing Students' Critical Thinking in Hong Kong Secondary School English Writing Classes
Mok, Jane
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v40 n3 p262-279 2009
In 1999 a critical thinking syllabus was issued by the education authority to all junior secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong. Different from the earlier curriculum guidelines, the syllabus highlights the importance of thinking in English language teaching and learning, and developing students' critical thinking through the subject. This study aims to investigate through classroom observation whether the critical thinking syllabus is translated into the classroom practices of two teachers. In the case studies covering more than 600 minutes of classroom teaching, four writing lessons were observed, analyzed and reported. The data reveal that the two teachers constantly deprived their students of the time and space for critical thinking. What is striking about the classroom data is that these teachers were indeed not creating the space of learning for students' writing development. The study, though exploratory, has important implications regarding students' critical thinking development. The paper concludes that it is important for teacher trainers to help teachers become reflective writing instructors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong