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ERIC Number: EJ903810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Critical Thinking: Teaching Foreign Notions to Foreign Students
Egege, Sandra; Kutieleh, Salah
International Education Journal, v4 n4 p75-85 2004
The internationalisation of Australian universities presents a double challenge for student support services, to provide academic support programs that address perceived culturally based academic differences and to provide support programs which are culturally sensitive, inclusive and which contribute to the success of international students. Critical thinking is a paradigmatic case. Universities insist that critical thinking is a requirement of quality academic work while academics bemoan the lack of a critical approach to study by international students in general, and Asian students in particular. The challenge for transition programs is how to incorporate critical thinking within their framework without adopting either a deficit or assimilationist approach. This paper will discuss the difficulties inherent in this challenge and put forward a possible approach adapted from a strand of the Introductory Academic Program (IAP). However, questions are raised about the overall value of teaching critical thinking in this context. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia