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The chemistry of critical thinking: the pursuit to do both better

Conner, Lindsey and Kolajo, Yetunde (2020) The chemistry of critical thinking: the pursuit to do both better. In: Blessinger, Patrick and Sengupta, Enakshi and Makhanya, Mandla, eds. Improving Classroom Engagement and International Development Programs: International Perspectives on Humanizing Higher Education: 27. Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 93-110. ISBN 978-1-83909-473-6. E-ISBN 978-1-83909-472-9. (doi:10.1108/S2055-364120200000027009) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:101751)

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This chapter presents a qualitative investigation of lecturers’ perceptions of critical thinking and how this influenced how they taught. All of the participants taught the same first-year university chemistry course. This case study provides insights about how there may need to be fundamental shifts in lecturers’ perceptions about learning and the development of critical thinking skills so that they can enhance knowledge and understanding of chemistry as well as advance the students’ critical thinking. Recommendations are made for professional learning for lecturers and for changing the “chemistry” of the design of learning experiences through valuing critical thinking in assessments and making critical thinking more explicit throughout the course. The authors argue that critical thinking must be treated as a developmental phenomenon.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/S2055-364120200000027009
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Uncontrolled keywords: critical thinking; chemistry; university; teaching strategy; learning; lecturer; perception; teaching activities; effective teaching; barriers and obstacles
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QD Chemistry > Analytical Chemistry
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Yetunde Kolajo
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2023 14:15 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 14:10 UTC
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