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Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking (EDUC90974)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90974
Summer Term
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Acquiring content or discipline knowledge is an important ingredient in teaching and learning, but it cannot tell the whole story. Knowing what to do with this knowledge and information when we exercise sound reasoning and creativity, whether it is within disciplines or outside of them, is equally important. As a complement to knowledge-centered approaches to teaching and learning, this elective introduces students to the critical and creative thinking competency in the Australian and Victorian curriculum. It will examine some of the strategies that have been presumed to foster critical thinking, in particular dialogic and other key pedagogies. Beginning with a literature review of key contributions to the topic of critical and creative thinking, a range of dialogic and other methods aimed at developing critical and creative thinking skills and dispositions in students will be examined; from 'Thinking' literature, Socratic discussions and inquiry-based approaches, to thinking tools and routines, as well as more recent philosophical approaches.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand, explore and analyse key concepts, terms and divisions involved in the study of critical and creative thinking competency and in dialogic and associated pedagogies
  • Identify, analyse and model a range of strategies used in teaching for thinking and evaluate their effectiveness
  • Develop, implement and assess teaching programs with explicit attention to, and application of, thinking skills and dispositions
  • Demonstrate continuous professional learning through teacher practitioner inquiry and research

Generic skills

  • Clinical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Reflection for continuous improvement
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Inquiry and research

Last updated: 21 September 2019