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Disciplinary Enculturation in Critical Thinking: Do we adopt a Strategic Approach?

Show simple item record Gunawardena, Maya 2018-06-05T10:36:39Z 2018-06-05T10:36:39Z 2014
dc.description article full text en_US
dc.description.abstract As critical thinking is a key of higher education, academics in various disciplines in Western universities strive to cultivate disciplinary based critical thinking by introducing subject specific knowledge and allowing students to apply these skills in a broader physical and social context. Such a task is equally challenging in postgraduate and undergraduate courses. While some research studies found students from Asian contexts demonstrate poor critical thinking, some research points to the cultural differences in thinking and limited students' limited skills to use English as the academic lingua franca. Asian universities must consult this debate to examine the validity of these dichotomous views. The present study investigated macro and micro strategies that academics adopt in their teaching and assessment procedures to enhance students' critical thinking skills at an Australian university in the schools of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Business. The study included 20 in-depth interviews with academics and the qualitative analysis of 20 summative and formative assessment tasks. The study shows that critical thinking is an essential component in transforming students to be workplace ready in their fields. Thus, academics adopt particularly designed pedagogical strategies to cultivate critical thinking in their majors. The study indicates several challenges in developing disciplinary focused but holistic thinking with a subtle shift between scaffolded activities and independent learning. The study provides implications for pedagogy and curriculum measures for any higher education context. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject critical thinking en_US
dc.subject pedagogy en_US
dc.subject enculturation en_US
dc.title Disciplinary Enculturation in Critical Thinking: Do we adopt a Strategic Approach? en_US
dc.type Article Full Text en_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitation Maya Gunawardena. (2014). Disciplinary Enculturation in Critical Thinking: Do we adopt a Strategic Approach? In International research Conference Proceedings:Management, Social Sciences & Humanities (pp. 111-117). Retrieved from
dc.identifier.journal KDU IRC en_US
dc.identifier.issue FOMSH en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos 111-117 en_US

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