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1 Promoting Critical Thinking through ICTs Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning 10 to 11 September  Cebu City, Philippines Monalisa M. Te-Sasing 10 September 2008

2 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning The Pitcher is Half-full There are two pitchers - one half-filled with coca-cola and the other one half-filled with water. A small amount of cola is removed from the cola pitcher and poured into the pitcher half-filled with water. The mixture is stirred thoroughly so that the cola is completely mixed into the water. From that mixture, the same amount is transferred into the cola pitcher. Is there more cola in the water or more water in the cola? Or just the same in both pitchers? Adapted from Donald Sauter’s Science Pages available at

3 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Attributes of a Critical Thinker Cognitive (Porter, 2005) Interpreting information and exploring theories Asking questions and generating solutions to problems Analyzing and evaluating information/conclusions Explaining decisions/opinions Making predictions Clarifying conclusions

4 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Attributes of a Critical Thinker Affective (Porter, 2005) Inquisitiveness Independent thinking Open-minded and insightful Fair-minded Suspending judgment until enough evidence is gathered to support decision Intellectual integrity and humility Truth-seeking Persevering Reasoning with confidence

5 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Critical Thinking: Some Definitions "Critical thinking is best understood as the ability of thinkers to take charge of their own thinking. This requires that they develop sound criteria and standards for analyzing and assessing their own thinking and routinely use those criteria and standards to improve its quality.“ Elder, L. and Paul, R. "Critical Thinking: Why we must transform our teaching." Journal of Developmental Education 18:1, Fall 1994,

6 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Critical Thinking: Some Definitions “Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or communication, as a guide to belief and action.” Richard Paul, Director of the Foundation for Critical Thinking of Sonoma State University in California

7 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Critical Thinking: Some Definitions “Critical thinking is the questioning or inquiry we engage in when we seek to understand, evaluate, or resolve." Maiorana, Victor P. Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum: Building the Analytical Classroom

8 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Why Teach Students Critical Thinking? To achieve understanding such that they learn to evaluate view points, and make decisions supported by evidences. So they learn to take charge of their own thinking such that they learn to take charge of their own lives. In today’s information age, critical thinking is necessary to help them carefully assess information and not just passively accept them.

9 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning ICT’s Role in Promoting Critical Thinking ICTs distance learning capability expands opportunities to practice critical thinking ICT’s potential as a motivational tool helps encourage practice of critical thinking skills ICT’s capability to provide information from various sources and to retrieve and process them fast help facilitate and enhance active engagement in critical thinking

10 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Some ICT Tools to Promote Critical Thinking Using the Web – Online Treasure Hunt – WebQuests – Online Thinking Tools Using a Multimedia Courseware Using Office Applications

11 Teaching the Net Generation: Curriculum, Pedagogy and the Challenge of 21 st Century Learning Online References Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Project available at Critical Thinking Thru Technology by Dr. William Porter available at Porter.ppt Porter.ppt Teaching Critical Thinking Skills by Karen I. Adsit available at UNESCO (2006) Using ICT to Develop Literacy edited by Ellie Meleisea. UNESCO in Education Programme. Bangkok, Thailand.


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