Problem or an issue?
How to express it?
O Is critical thinking important for children's
O Should elementary curriculum include critical thinking as a focus?
O Are children capable of critical thought?
O Does including critical thinking, take away from the standard lessons?
Methods to produce ideas to resolve this problem or issue:
Promotes thinking and
Reduces time given to reasoning ability other subjects
Helps solve problems
Difficult to teach in
Encourages questions isolation Challenges bias and false Difficult to asset
Helps understand complex information
Creates active learners
(Walker, S. 2003)
Detecting bias in the research.
O Critical thinking works when taught
O Critical thinking utility in life outweighs it’s possible deficits.
Assumptions or errors in reasoning encountered:
O Critical thinking is effective in every
classroom, and amongst every style of learning Evaluating arguments in research. O Critical thinking is beneficial to a child's
education and should be implemented early on
Avoids the Issue of necessity, not benefit O Critical thinking is a vital tool, necessary for understanding and applying information throughout a child’s education
Questions asked to think critically about this topic:
O Is implementing critical thinking curriculum
O How is the curriculum to be taught?
O Will teaching critical thinking delay children in basic skill based knowledge.
Perceptual blocks that hinder your thinking:
O Stereotyping children's learning
O Conforming to the research
O Integrate critical thinking within
elementary curriculum as student engagement within diverse teaching styles and not as an isolated course.
O Teach students critical thinking across subjects O Develop an intermediary course before college (Schneider)
Approaches for communicating