Search results for: Critical thinking
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This article describes the context and methods used to foster students’ understandings of divergent points of view during a winter intersession colloquium that was affiliated with a campus and community lecture series at a women's liberal arts college.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2016
The present paper examines a collaborative study that two teacher educators conducted across two sites. The researchers designed the wiki to support teacher candidates’ critical thinking about learner characteristics; community, classroom, and school factors; and pedagogical content necessary to support elementary school students’ literacy development. Results show that peer collaboration on wiki exchanges supported collaboration and critical thinking about student characteristics and instructional pedagogy. The wiki posts indicated that the wiki supported candidates in considering the developmental needs of students; students’ diverse approaches to learning; and students’ existing skills, abilities, and prior knowledge. The wiki also supported candidates in considering their pedagogical practices in relation to their students’ levels of literacy development.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2016
Cultivating Critical Thinkers: Exploring Transfer of Learning from Pre-service Teacher Training to Classroom Practice
The purpose of this study was to explore the transfer of learning from teacher training to classroom practice by examining the effectiveness of CT-integrated instruction on junior high school students’ critical thinking skills and critical thinking dispositions. The findings suggest that critical thinking skills and dispositions were successfully transferred to learners.Furthermore, the results indicate that the CT-integrated English instruction had a positive impact on participants’ academic performance.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015
This article is a report on contributions of a critical EFL teacher education course to teachers’ professional identity reconstruction. Three major shifts were observed in the participants' professional identities: from conformity to and romanticization of dominant ideologies to critical autonomy, from an instrumentalist orientation to a critical/transformative orientation of teaching, and from a linguistic and technical view to an educational view of English Language Teaching.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2015
The goal of this case study was to examine ways that a multicultural perspective using critical literacy practices engaged practicing teachers to rethink and re-vision oppressive hegemonic structures and attitudes regarding immigrant students and their families and helped them to develop as critical educators. The authors wanted to assess in what ways using current and controversial issues helped teachers to develop their capacities to understand and critique the world in more complex ways and what impact these experiences had on their teaching practice.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
This study explores how interns’ video-based reflections provide evidence that the use of video records of teaching interns’ promotes the development of critical reflection around instruction and learning. Key findings suggest that the existing literature on reflection suggests that beginning teachers rarely, if ever, reflect on issues related to instruction and learning, reflection on instruction and learning can emerge early in a novices’ development when video is used as a mediating tool.
Updated: May. 26, 2014
This article has two purposes: (1) to investigate how Taiwanese teachers of English as a Foreign Language turned experiences into critical reflections via journal writings and (2) to describe how they gauged critical reflections as teaching inquiry. The results indicate that critical reflection as teaching inquiry helped the teachers deal with situations of uncertainty, instability, and value conflict in multiple contexts. Critical reflections enhanced teachers' understanding and brought about changes in their awareness of instructional effectiveness and teaching beliefs in their practice.
Updated: Oct. 17, 2013
This paper outlines the process of the self-study research which the author undertook on her work as a teacher in a primary school on the west coast of Ireland. The article examines how, through reflection on and thinking critically about her work, the author gained new insight and understanding of her practice and developed a new epistemology of practice. The author concludes that in the research process, she developed a new understanding around her digital projects such that she can now perceive them as processes for developing spiritual and holistic approaches to learning and teaching.
Updated: Oct. 02, 2013
This article reports on a mentoring programme in a university at the Republic of Ireland, which provides an accreditation pathway to a master’s level qualification. The authors adopted three different and complementary lenses through which to consider mentoring as an academic and professional practice: (a) the international literature; (b) their own reflective and reflexive dialogue; and (c) observations from mentor teachers’ efforts to interrogate their own professional practices. The authors conclude by arguing for productive mentoring, for sustainable change, as an academic, caring and professional practice that is contextually responsive.
Updated: Sep. 30, 2013
This article describes a critical and creative reflective inquiry (CCRI) structure and processes, as well as participant evaluations. CCRI has a three-phased structure: descriptive, reflective, critical/emancipatory. The CCRI method created a communicative space for leaders to critically reflect, feel supported and develop knowledge and skills that they could immediately apply to daily leadership practice. Skilled facilitation was found to be essential for enabling learning and efficacy and the use of creative expression enriched the inquiry, offering new and unexpected insights.
Updated: Apr. 28, 2013