Adair, D and Jaeger, M, Cultivation of critical thinking in undergraduate engineering education, SEFI 2015 Annual Conference - Full papers, 29 June - 02 July, Orleans, France, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-2-87352-004-5 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]
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In this work a definition of what the authors conclude critical thinking actually is will be given, based on the many ideas which can be found in the literature. The results of a small survey of how students view critical thinking in relation to themselves and how necessary they feel critical thinking is, will be reported as will how a preliminary initiative to cultivate more and systematic critical thinking within various mathematics modules found in an undergraduate engineering course was implemented and assessed.
It has been concluded that most students already consider themselves as effective critical thinkers, which may or may not be self-delusion. Also, it was quickly recognized that although workshops and seminars on critical thinking have their place to initiate awareness, a systematic semi-implicit approach over a period of time is very necessary to cultivate critical thinking. That is, once the principles of critical thinking are grasped and, importantly accepted by the student, then a period of time is necessary for cultivation, practice and hopefully becoming second nature.
|Item Type:||Refereed Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||critical thinking, undergraduate|
|Research Group:||Curriculum and Pedagogy|
|Research Field:||Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Learner and Learning|
|Objective Field:||Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)|
|UTAS Author:||Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)|
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