The Importance Of Critical Thinking In Social Education

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Introduction:
As an educator, I believe my role is to teach and improve skills that are as important as the ones we use to read, write and calculate. These skills are social skills. My research explores critical thinking as an element of problem-solving, inquiry, reasoning and reflective thinking. It then explores how these can attribute to making healthy, ethical and moral judgements.
Freire expressed that ‘Critical thinking contrasts with naive thinking’ when he refers to its role in dialogue, communication and true education. (2011, p. 92). The world young people live in today is abundant with information through an over-whelming amount of communication and media. How can teachers help them think critically about this information and in
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Ponder et. al. designed a study through the delivery of a graduate social studies methods course in the US. In the study the experiences of teachers who use service-learning (community service based instruction), as an instructional tool to promote civic responsibility were recorded through qualitative data collection.
The content of this article is helpful, however, not thorough enough for the purpose of my research, to give critical thinking a mention in its title. The authors abandoned defining what critical thinking is in their view, what exact role it plays in social education and how it was assessed. Although it is possible that the students of the teachers were engaged in critical thinking through the methods of the project, the authors view of critical thinking may have been too generalised.
The one conclusion that is apparent in the text, in relation to critical thinking, is the curriculum implemented evolved. Therefore, one would assume the teachers, as well as the students, must have been engaged in critical thinking to allow the curriculum to transform. The predictable result was that if teachers use the service-learning curriculum, students’ learning is for the common
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This book is written in plain English and isn’t too concerned with theories and experiments. Nonetheless the author is well read and gives adequate references to the influences of this handbook.
Wright maintains that critical thinking has a role in promoting citizenship, moral decision making and reasoning. He also contrasts this with the limitations of critical thinking in terms of assessment, academic requirements and personal beliefs. Wright considers that children might not have all the skills necessary to critically think, however, he notes they have a natural disposition to ask questions. He argues, children as young as nine can comprehend Hypothetical syllogisms and advance good arguments on profound matters.
In this chapter, Wright’s reflection on his own practice and experiences builds a rapport with the reader. He admits that critical thinking was not always a concern of his but once he engaged with critical thinking as part of his teaching he saw the possibilities. These prospects are significant to the social benefits of critical thinking that I wish to explore in my further

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