Article

Developing critical being in an undergraduate science course

Citation

Wilson A & Howitt S (2016) Developing critical being in an undergraduate science course. Studies in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2016.1232381

Abstract
This article argues that the development of criticality in the three domains of knowledge, self and the world can and should be a goal for undergraduate learning in the sciences. It presents empirical evidence that this can be facilitated through teaching and learning that places a strong emphasis on the social dimensions of both the exercise and nature of criticality. Given the opportunity to discuss science as both an ongoing process and a human endeavour situated within a social context, students appeared to be able to adopt a hyperopic view allowing for high levels of criticality. When reflecting on their learning, students frequently ascribed developments in their thinking to the interactional, relational nature of the learning environment.

Keywords
Criticality; critical being; social learning; hyperopic view; science

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Studies in Higher Education

StatusPublished
Publication date online14/10/2016
Date accepted by journal31/08/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24560
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN0307-5079