The realisation of critical thinking aims in a degree program for vocational tutors

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Show simple item record Pithers, R. T en_US Soden, R. en_US 2009-12-21T02:35:36Z 2009-12-21T02:35:36Z 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2003002118 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Soden, R. and Pithers, R. 2005 'The realisation of critical thinking aims in a degree program for vocational tutors', International Journal of Training Research, vol. 1, pp. 1-19. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1448-0220 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract There has been a growing emphasis within educational literature on the need to encourage all learners to think critically about whatever they are studying. There were concerns that this aim was not being achieved in a degree program for VET tutors. One purpose of the study was to quantify the extent of critical thinking in one cohort of VET tutors. Another purpose was to use the method of quantification as well as literature on critical thinking to help a team of lecturers who taught the VET tutors to understand how they might recognize and evaluate this abiLity in vocationally oriented essays. Drawing on this Literature, a category system was deveLoped and used to content-analyse 40 course essays that been graded earlier by the Lecturers. This analysis confirmed the team's impression that the VET tutors rarely analysed or justified ideas. What emerged from a group interview with the Lecturers, and examination of feedback notes, was that Lecturers were unclear about what shouLd count as critical thinking in course essays. Subsequently, the researchers discussed literature on critical thinking with the Lecturers. Taken together, the data supported a 'fuzzy' proposition (Holligan, 1997) that merits further research. The proposition is that discussion of critical thinking literature has a significant role in staff development programs in helping course teams clarify how thinking is to be evidenced in course work. en_US
dc.publisher CSIRO Publishing en_US
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dc.title The realisation of critical thinking aims in a degree program for vocational tutors en_US
dc.parent International Journal of Training Research en_US
dc.journal.volume 1 en_US
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dc.publocation Collingwood, VIC, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 19 en_US DVCRch.Institute for Water and Environmental Resource Mgmnt en_US

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