Core Critical Thinking Skills Case Study

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a) Evaluate the core critical thinking skills identified by the author (5%) According to the author, Peter A Facione (2011) the core critical thinking skills are “interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, explanation and self-regulation”. Critical thinking ability refers to the dimension as to how one is able to look at a certain situation and finding a solution to resolve that situation. Essentially, it facilitates the process to come up with the truth. Facione opined that a critical thinker is one who is inquisitive and possess mental eagerness. • Interpretation Facione (2011) citing experts explained that interpretation as being able to understand information that one obtains and it also involves the onward transmission of that…show more content…
At such a tender age, inculcating the critical spirit may not be easy. However, as the kindergarten curriculum is primarily focussed on the learning of basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic; elements of critical thinking could be subtly incorporated into the curriculum. For instance, as learning at kindergarten level is purely based on the play-and-learn concept, the teacher could introduce games that require some basic critical thinking skills. By this I mean games like the recognition of shapes and patterns, jigsaw puzzles could stimulate children to think. In addition, strategy games, such as draughts and chess could be introduced as part of the curriculum to assist in developing creativity, problem-solving and reasoning skills in children. Invariably, this should contribute to laying the foundation towards critical…show more content…
For this to happen, changes should be made to the curriculum to incorporate elements of critical thinking, such as an inquiring mind, reasoning, problem-solving, eagerness to know the truth and the reliability of information. As opposed to examinations, there should be more activities that stimulate students’ mental abilities and by involving them in assignments, group works and projects requiring reasoning and problem-solving skills should be strongly recommended. Group work and projects are also good for promoting interactive communication among students. Rather than spoon-feeding students with facts from text books, it is crucial to introduce students to a journey of discovery, so that they would be proactively looking or searching for

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