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Critical thinking in a first year management unit: the relationship between disciplinary learning, academic literacy and learning progression

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Hammer, SJ and Green, WJ, Critical thinking in a first year management unit: the relationship between disciplinary learning, academic literacy and learning progression, Higher Education Research and Development, 30, (3) pp. 303-315. ISSN 1469-8366 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 HERDSA

DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360.2010.501075

Abstract

While there appears to be broad acceptance that university graduates must have the capacity to think critically in an increasingly complex, information‐rich world, there remains a gap between aspiration and teaching practice in many faculties. We examine this issue through our experience of designing assessment to develop critical thinking in a first year management unit. This case highlighted three important pedagogical considerations. First, there is the need to articulate a conceptualisation of critical thinking that is both discipline‐ and unit‐specific. Second, there is a need to consider the crucial link between critical thinking and academic literacy. Third, there is a need to consider the relationship between the capacity for critical thinking, student learning progression and the development of disciplinary knowledge. These factors will all assist higher education teachers in meeting the challenge of designing developmentally appropriate assessment of critical thinking at each year level.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:academic literacy; critical thinking; graduate attributes and skills; taxonomies
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Author:Green, WJ (Dr Wendy Green)
ID Code:122048
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching
Deposited On:2017-10-27
Last Modified:2017-11-21
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