Accessing the Curricular Play of Critical and Creative Thinking

Margaret Macintyre Latta, Kelly Hanson, Karen Ragoonaden, Wendy Briggs, Tamalee Middleton, Canadian Journal of Education, Sept 26, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article examines "how critical and creative thinking within curricular enactment fosters an inquiry stance in teachers and students" and argues for "The need to invest in educators’ capacities to sustain inquiry." Where these come together is in play, but play isn't often thought of as a learning activity. As a result, "little attention is given to the play of critical and creative thinking within internalization and integration of teacher/student thought." So the bulk of the article focuses on a three-year project to reorient teachers' attention to individual learner attention and meaning within play, as plat times "offer experiential space and time for educators to perceive their way into the thickness of learning situations and not shy away from the relational complexities." I find the paper layers a lot of unnecessary theorizing over the otherwise useful discipline of watching what students learn when they're 'not learning'. Image: Parkland Players, Sensory Play and its Role in Learning.

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