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This subject examines the role of thinking in teaching and learning. The aim is for students to gain both a theoretical understanding of the methods and strategies, as well as the practical ability to apply them. The background of a variety of educational approaches will be explored to clarify what teaching and learning thinking might mean. The approaches examined will be applicable across the disciplines and in different educational contexts. Beginning with the view that we teach thinking by teaching the skills and tools from various thinking skills programs the exploration moves on to more sophisticated and complex theories and approaches. Students will have the opportunity to participate in lessons based on these approaches and to apply them to individual educational contexts and interests. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of thinking, teaching and the education of thinking.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Understand what it means to educate for thinking;
- Understand and critically evaluate a range of approaches to educating for thinking;
- Critically review local and international literature on educating for thinking;
- Apply their theoretical understanding of educating for thinking to their own educational context and interests.
On completion of this subject students should:
- Have in-depth knowledge of educational practice and theory;
- Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
- Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
- Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through diverse learning experiences;
- Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
- Have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of educational practice;
- Be a thoughtful writer about educational practice and theory.
Last updated: 18 December 2020