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ERIC Number: EJ923823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Educating for Critical Thinking: Thought-Encouraging Questions in a Community of Inquiry
Golding, Clinton
Higher Education Research and Development, v30 n3 p357-370 2011
This paper presents one method for educating for critical thinking in Higher Education. It elaborates Richard Paul's method of Socratic questioning to show how students can learn to be critical thinkers. This method combines and uses the wider pedagogical and critical thinking literature in a new way: it emphasises a thinking-encouraging approach where the academic teacher scaffolds students to think for themselves, rather than leading them to understand a body of knowledge, and is based on isolating and articulating critical thinking by "reverse engineering" the questions expert critical thinkers ask. The result of using this method is that students will be immersed in the practice of making critical judgements where they will hone their critical skills, cultivate a critical character and begin to speak, act and think like expert critical thinkers. (Contains 4 notes and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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