Critical Reasoning In Schools: A Case Study

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Introduction Today, we live in an age of globalization and the information and communication revolution. These have brought rapid changes in our world, with great challenges. Whether we like it or not, these changes have affected us and will continue to do so in the future. As such, focusing on building knowledge capacity alone is not enough to face the future. Hence, as educators, it is pertinent for us to equip our students with vital skills such as critical thinking and decision making skills. These skills are necessary for our students as they will to face these changes and eventually use them as opportunities to move forward in life. In view of this, the Ministry of Education introduced the “Framework for 21st Century Competencies and…show more content…
In addition, Perie, Grigg, and Donahue (as cited in Yanklowitz, 2013) found that only a very small percentage of students are able to put forward clear and sound arguments. This is worrying as it shows more needs to be done in schools to teach critical reasoning skills. Unfortunately, it is not easy to promote critical thinking in schools without any form of resistance. In this essay, I will be discussing possible challenges educators might face in promoting critical reasoning in schools. Thereafter, I will provide suggestions which educators could adopt to overcome the challenges outlined. For the purpose of this essay, I will be using the phrases ‘critical thinking’ and ‘critical reasoning’ interchangeably. Challenges in promoting critical reasoning The challenges in promoting critical reasoning are complex and varied. For this essay, I have identified 5 such challenges, which I personally believe are common challenges any teacher would face in schools. They will be discussed in the following paragraphs. Packed school…show more content…
Having gone through the critical reasoning module, I am very eager to share my knowledge with my students. However, one major issue I might face is the lack of participation from my students. Unsurprisingly, when teachers ask questions in class, most students do not respond as they are afraid to do so. Now, with critical reasoning, imagine a student put forward an argument in class and having his reasoning placed under the spot light in the class. Naturally, the student will be under immense pressure as he will not want to be questioned or even ridiculed by his peers. In fact, Browne and Freeman (2000) have reasoned that critical thinking threatens the daily interactions which students engage in. As a result, students might just decide not to think

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