In this book, Jennifer Moon explores and clarifies critical thinking and provides practical guidance for improving student learning and supporting the teaching process.
Key themes covered include:
different views of and approaches to critical thinking with an emphasis on a practical basis that can be translated into use in the classroom.
links between learning, thinking and writing
the place of critical thinking alongside other academic activities such as reflective learning and argument
critical thinking and assessment, class environments, staff knowledge and development, writing tasks and oral tasks.
Teachers in all disciplines in post-compulsory education will find this approach to defining and improving students' critical thinking skills invaluable.
Jennifer Moon works at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University and as a freelance consultant. She is a National Teaching Fellow Award winner. Her other books include Learning Journals, Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning, Module and Programme Development Handbook, Reflection and Learning in Professional Development and Short Courses and Workshops.
@contents:Preface Part 1 Introduction to the book Chapter 1 Introduction: the topic, the content, the writer ... Part 2: Mapping the territory of critical thinking Chapter 2 Critical thinking as an elusive concept: what critical thinking might be.... Chapter 3 Approaches to critical thinking in the literature Chapter 4 Some of the broader issues of critical thinking - standards, objectivity and the cultural basis Part 3: The person as a critical thinker Chapter 5 The role of emotion, language and curiosity in critical thinking Chapter 6 `Academic assertiveness': being appropriately assertive as a thinker Part 4 Taking Stock Chapter 7 Critical thinking - a pause to take stock..... Part 5 Epistemological development and depth in critical thinking Chapter 8 Critical thinking and learners' conceptions of knowledge Chapter 9 Depth in critical thinking Part 6 Critical thinking and pedagogy Chapter 10 A defining statement on critical thinking and an introduction to the pedagogy Chapter 11 The pedagogy of critical thinking Chapter 12 The Pedagogy of Academic Assertiveness Part 7 Resources Section Resources References