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Editors: Mary Grosser (School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa)
Book Description:
This book is a comprehensive resource that offers a generic, multi-dimensional approach to the development of critical thinking as an academic and life skill in a variety of contexts, namely formal, informal and non-formal. It argues for a breakdown of the divides between the different role players and systems where critical thinking is taught. This book also focuses on the application of theory pertaining to the conceptualization of critical thinking, and provides generic guidelines for teaching critical thinking in the South African context and elsewhere. Various examples of exploratory, evidence–based research in the South African context elucidate the status quo regarding the development of critical thinking skills at school and higher education levels. The evidence-based research also demonstrates the efficacy of selected strategies that have the potential to assist in the development of good critical thinking skills in and beyond classrooms.

The target audience for this book is a wide market, which includes the role players in education in formal, informal and non-formal learning contexts. These role players include parents, peers, members of education departments, all teachers, lecturers at Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, departments of teacher training at higher education institutions, tutors, therapists, practitioners, professionals and the media. (Imprint: Nova)




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Table of Contents:
Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Section A: Theory: Critical Thinking Conceptualized

Chapter 1. Developing Critical Thinking as an Academic and a Life Skill
(Mary M. Grosser and Casper Du Toit Olivier, School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa and Learning Designs, Hartebeespoort, South Africa)

Chapter 2. Language and Critical Thinking
(Mirna Nel, School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa)

Chapter 3. Critical Thinking on the Road of Life (For Optimal Well-Being)
(Estelle Brettenny, Occupational Therapist, Durbanville, South Africa)

Section B: One Size Does Not Fit All: A Multi-Dimensional Approach To The Development Of Critical Thinking

Chapter 4. Developing Critical Thinking in Formal Teaching and Learning Contexts
(Maria J. Booysen, Stefanie-Marié Esterhuizen, Mary M. Grosser, Magdalena M. Kloppers, and Casper Du Toit Olivier, School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa and Learning Designs, Hartebeespoort, South Africa)

Chapter 5. Developing Critical Thinking beyond the Classroom
(Maria J. Booysen, Stefanie-Marié Esterhuizen and Mary M. Grosser, School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa)

Chapter 6. Teaching, Learning and Assessing Critical Thinking: A Mediated Approach
(Celia Booyse, Umalusi, Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 7. The Nature and Quality of Learning-Resource Material to Promote the Development of Critical Thinking
(Casper Du Toit Olivier, Learning Designs, Hartbeespoort, South Africa)

Chapter 8. Developing Communication, Language and Critical Thinking in a Differently Abled Adolescent Population
(Elsefie Wranz and Helen De Wet-Krige, Jan Kriel School, Kuilsriver, Cape Town, South Africa)

Chapter 9. A Multi-Professional Approach to the Development of Critical Thinking
(Casper Du Toit Olivier and Mary M. Grosser, Learning Designs, Hartbeespoort, South Africa and School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa)

Section C: The Development of Critical Thinking in the South African Context: A Summary of Research-Based Evidence (2008-2014)

Chapter 10. The Development of Critical Thinking at School and Higher Education Level: A Summary of Research-based Evidence (2008-2014)
(Maria J. Booysen, Stefanie-Marié Esterhuizen, Mary M. Grosser, Magdalena M. Kloppers, Mirna Nel, and Alviné Petzer, School of Education Sciences, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vaal Triangle, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa)

List of Figures

List of Tables

Index

   Series:
      Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2016 - 4th Quarter
   Pages: 7x10 - (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-53610-239-0
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