Critical & Creative Thinking: Strategies for Classroom Inquiry
Better questioning, greater participation and more open discussion lead to a positive change in classroom dynamics, creating an environment in which children learn to value independent and autonomous thinking. Critical and Creative Thinking uses the techniques of philosophical inquiry as a means of developing the skills of dialogue and thinking. This approach provides a supportive and nurturing environment, a 'community of inquiry', which fosters reasoning and critical thinking.
Critical and Creative Thinking is a valuable resource for teachers. It provides a strong rationale for the role of inquiry in the classroom, a range of activities for encouraging pupil participation, and teaching strategies to develop and refine thinking skills and processes such as: identifying assumptions, prioritizing, seeking alternatives, speculating, drawing inferences and identifying faulty logic.
Case studies are included as useful guidelines showing how the strategies work for a range of year levels, and units of work invite teachers to develop and discover for themselves the features of a community of inquiry.
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CHAPTER TWO Encouraging pupil participation
Encouraging students to participate
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