Developing critical being in an undergraduate science course


Wilson A & Howitt S (2018) Developing critical being in an undergraduate science course. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (7), pp. 1160-1171.

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.

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

Studies in Higher Education: Volume 43, Issue 7

Publication date31/12/2018
Publication date online14/10/2016
Date accepted by journal31/08/2016
PublisherTaylor and Francis