Teaching thinking

David Carson

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We could and should - indeed it could be a major feature in marketing the university - spend more time 'teaching' our students how to think. Enable them to do more for themselves. Give them a competitive edge in the employment market. We could, and should, produce a programme that ensures they develop skills and experience in thinking. Instead of regurgitating source materials - raising plagiarism fears - let us enable them to build their own arguments, demonstrate insight and imagination, dare to be different, enjoy difficulty. Prehaps we will not be able to show them how to have original thoughts, but we can take them through the garden as far as the front door. This paper, expanding on one given to the Humanities Faculty in the summer, will propose a core programme of intellectual skills, with discipline specific elements, to be integrated into, often taught via existing units, the three critical years that our undergraduates spend here.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromoting retention and student success in higher education: a focus for good practice
EditorsA. Van der Westhuizen
Place of PublicationPortsmouth
PublisherUniversity of Portsmouth
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)1861374259
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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