Developing Critical Thinking: From Theory to Classroom Practice (Hardback)Fernando Naiditch (editor)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 239 x 159 x 20 mm
Developing Critical Thinking: From Theory to Classroom Practice is atypical of the genre of book in which Higher Ed research is focused like a prescription on shifting classroom practice. Taking up the issue of critical thinking, Naiditch and the scholars he has enlisted turn to real classrooms and real children to show how teachers in schools and universities are using thoughtful study of their practice to engage their students in critical thinking. Their focus is on engaging learners (both teachers and students) to look at a variety of problems ranging from intensely personal ones like making algebra meaningful to general ones shared across a class and school, for example, bullying. In each instance, learners are encouraged both to use the broad range of knowing that is available in their community and to share and question so that multiple points of view are brought to the issue, are heard, and are considered. This is difficult work! There is no right way espoused here unless it is that when there is a genuine quest for knowledge on the part of teachers and students, high-level critical thinking is inevitable, engaging, and inspiring. -- Frances O'Connell Rust, Professor Emerita, New York University; Former Director of Teacher Education Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Fernando Naiditch and his colleagues have produced a very important book that examines critical thinking, an essentially contested concept. Critical thinking means many things to different educators and we find here a carefully constructed book that focuses on what critical thinking looks like in classrooms without minimizing the important philosophical elements it represents. Drawing on constructivism, literacy education, and disabilities education among other fields, we find a compelling argument for the essential importance of critical thinking as part of education in a democracy. Drawing implicitly on the ideas of Dewey and Goodlad, Naiditch makes clear that we need to prepare students to participate in a democratic society by listening carefully, accepting diverse positions, thinking critically about what they mean and seeking compromise. It goes a long way in helping educators use this essential pedagogical tool in their teaching. -- Nick Michelli, Presidential Professor, PhD Program in Urban Education and Middle Eastern Studies, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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