Can Methodological Applications Develop Critical Thinking?

Authors

  • Deborah Blackman
  • Angela Benson

Keywords:

Critical thinking, research methodology, learning, knowledge

Abstract

This paper outlines how using research methods to develop critical thinking was explored in a workshop and then developed into a curriculum. An exercise showed how diverse methodologies led to different answers, which were explored to consider the nature of knowledge itself and the subsequent implications. The paper concludes that such an approach can (a) develop critical thinking skills at a level of deep, rather than surface learning and (b) effectively challenge some preconceived ideas held by students about how knowledge is developed and shared. The crucial element of success was the design and implementation of the assessment.

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Published

1 Nov 2006

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