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Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking in Schools

Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking in Schools

December 2018 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How do we encourage children to think deeply about the world in which they live?

Research-based and highly practical, this book provides guidance on how to develop creative and critical thinking through your classroom teaching.

Key coverage includes:

·         Classroom-ready ideas to stimulate high-order thinking

·         How to think critically and creatively across all areas of the curriculum

·         Case studies from primary, secondary and special schools

·         Philosophical approaches that give pupils the space to think and enquire

This is essential reading for anyone on university-led and schools-based primary and secondary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), School Direct, Teach First and employment-based routes and also anyone training to work in early years settings.

Chapter 1: What do we mean by thinking?
Chapter 2: What can we learn from history of thinking, childhood and schooling?
Chapter 3: Why teach thinking skills?
Chapter 4: Thinking Routines
Chapter 5: Thinking Hats
Chapter 6: Thinking Maps
Chapter 7: Thinkers Keys
Chapter 8: Philosophical approaches
Chapter 9: Cognitive Acceleration
Chapter 10: Dispositional approaches (Habits of Mind)
Chapter 11: Case Studies
Chapter 12: Some concluding thoughts

'The case for teaching thinking skills and promoting creativity within a busy curriculum is clearly articulated throughout this comprehensive and informative book. From reflections on the rights and issues on the well-being of children through to a thoughtful consideration of their future employability the authors highlight the importance of making space for thinking skills and provide examples of innovative classroom activities for all areas of the curriculum.'

Dr John McCullagh
Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education, Stranmillis University College Belfast

Once trainees understand critical thinking skills they are able to teach those skills in the classroom. this text supports the trainees and their practice on placement - a must for ITE trainees

Dr Chelle Oldham
Early Years Development and Learning, Coventry University
May 20, 2019