THINKING CRITICALLY

EDU0CT2

2019

Credit points: 5

Subject outline

Students are introduced to critical thinking as concept and as practice. Students are encouraged to engage with differing viewpoints, question received knowledge and to recognise the difference between lower and higher order thinking. Opportunities are provided for the development, transference and application of metacognitive thinking, critical analysis and creative problem solving. Using the concept of World View, students interrogate their own identity positions and analyse how these social, environmental and biological factors impact their perspectives. Through a range of learning tasks, students develop capacity for reasoning, analysis and reflection. Assessments include a peer reviewed reflective journal and a short research essay.


SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points5

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 0 - Enabling Program

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is attached to the Tertiary Enabling Program. Students who are not enrolled into this program and wish to undertake the subject, will need to seek subject coordinator approval

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain and apply critical thinking concepts, relating them to metacognition and to lower and higher order thinking skills.

Activities:
Blooms taxonomy interactive Creation and peer review of Critical Thinking Journal entry Visual and written text analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Identify that World View is individually mediated by a composite of biological, social and environmental factors.

Activities:
Identity positions reflective activity and journal entry Comparison and analysis of Peters and Mercator world map projections World View planning and essay writing assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Demonstrate skills in reflective and critical writing for academic purposes.

Activities:
Text analysis, digital journal writing and peer review of journal entries World View essay writing task
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Give and receive constructive peer feedback in the context of developing a reflective journal

Activities:
Modelling, exemplars and online discussion of peer review expectations 'Austin's butterfly' learning task Peer review of digital journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Online StudyPeriod 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 28 - 34
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 28 to week 34 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical thinking journal (3 entries) 500 word equivalence40 01, 03, 04
World View essay (750 words)60 01, 02, 03

Online, 2019, Online StudyPeriod 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn O'Dwyer

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 02 - 08
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 02 to week 08 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical thinking journal (3 entries) 500 word equivalence40 01, 03, 04
World View essay (750 words)60 01, 02, 03