Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
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Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Perspectives from a Business School

Edited by Kathy Daniels, Caroline Elliott, Simon Finley and Colin Chapman

There is often little guidance available on how to teach in universities, despite there being increasing pressure to raise teaching standards, as well as no official requirement for academics to have any specific teaching qualification in many countries. This invaluable book comprehensively addresses this issue, providing an overview of teaching in a business school that covers all stages of student learning.
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Chapter 5: Helping our students to think critically

Elaine Clarke

Abstract

This chapter sets out a case for the deliberate, overt and continuous teaching of critical thinking skills throughout a student’s learning journey, and for their learning of these skills to be linked to issues they will encounter in the world of work. The arguments address how this approach will both lead to enhanced learning and outcomes in their studies and will fit them to enter the workplace with a mind-set and skills that will increase their effectiveness. The chapter looks at the particular skills that can be taught and where they might be addressed in the curriculum. It provides a structure against which to teach critical thinking and suggests the types of exercises that might fit within this structure. The author acknowledges the leadership and coordination skills necessary on the part of teaching staff to ensure students recognise the value of critical thinking at an early stage in their studies and are given opportunities to become increasingly sophisticated thinkers.

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