Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article combines critical thinking, education for sustainable development (ESD), and positioning theory (that is, the perspective from which you undertake some activity). Two themes emerge from the discussion. First,  critical thinking involves more than skills; it also involve's one's dispositions; "Teachers' dispositions related to ESD influence not only the types of critical thinking skills students learn but also the critical thinking dispositions they acquire." And second, these dispositions are revealed through positioning theory as indicators of care; "Teachers' positions (the micro level of CDA via PT) indicated CT dispositions as a prevalent tendency to care about others' needs." The authors weave a nice tapestry, full of interesting strands, but I'm not sure it would stretch far beyond its original Norwegian context. Image: Michael Hogan.

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