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Helping Eastern students to master Western critical thinking.

Chiu, Yi-Ching Jean and Cowan, John (2011) Helping Eastern students to master Western critical thinking. Asia Pacific Education Review, 6 (1). pp. 103-111. ISSN 1876-407X

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    Abstract/Description

    It is possible that some of the problems that
    confront Eastern learners when they are asked to engage in
    critical thinking come from the misleading association of
    the title with criticising negatively and even with dis-
    agreeing. In some other educational situations, careful
    choice of first language titles for concepts so that they do
    not introduce difficulties for learners has proved fruitful in
    easing acquaintance with a new concept. Since the defini-
    tions of critical thinking emphasise the central role of
    reasoning in this process and make no explicit mention of
    disagreement of fault finding, there seems potential in a
    pedagogical approach to the development of the ability for
    critical thinking which focuses on identifying, considering
    and presenting reasons—and perhaps renaming the pro-
    cess, even if only temporarily, accordingly. Such an
    approach has been devised, in response to the difficulties
    that Taiwanese students have met when engaging with
    critical thinking. It has been piloted on one class in an
    online discussion forum in English as a Foreign Language.
    The outcomes of this pilot are encouraging and are pre-
    sented at this stage for that reason.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 1876-407X
    Electronic ISSN: 1598-1037
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Eastern - Western critical thinking; Online discussions;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
    Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    Item ID: 5384
    Depositing User: Prof John Cowan
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 14:52
    Last Modified: 29 Nov 2012 14:24
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5384

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