From Duality to Criticality? Helping students through the Perry scheme of intellectual development

Current criticism of an increasingly mass and marketised HE landscape often points to the challenge of supporting students to move beyond instrumental/surface approaches to knowledge toward a more complex epistemological position characterised by autonomy, independence and criticality. The article to be discussed at the forthcoming SoTL journal club proposes that one resource for educators hoping…

Thinking in Higher Education

“Critical thinking appears in university curricula, course outlines, and statements of graduate attributes, and yet there is both uncertainty about what it entails and passionate debate about its essential nature.” (Jones, p.169) Looking through lists of programme learning outcomes, one word often comes to the fore: ‘critical’. Across the full range of subject areas, from…