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ERIC Number: EJ870843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Practicing Critical Thinking in an Educational Psychology Classroom: Reflections from a Cultural-Historical Perspective
Lyutykh, Elena
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v45 n4 p377-391 2009
Present standards include creative and critical thinking among dispositions essential for the teaching profession. While teaching introductory courses in educational psychology, I have noticed that even though students can easily describe critical thinking in the abstract, they rarely and reluctantly engage in thinking critically about their own educational experiences. Emphasis on assessment of critical thinking dispositions and skills requires students to demonstrate "the right way to think." This emphasis, I argue, decreases students' inclination to practice critical inquiry and to feel this experience as intrinsically rewarding. Exploration of socio-cultural contexts of my own and my students' upbringing helps understand how such contexts condition the critical thinking practice. I offer the cultural-historical theory of Lev Vygotsky as an alternative frame of reference that will help students practice critical thinking in an educational psychology classroom.
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Language: English
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