Cognitive Enablers, Critical Thinking, Discussions, Thinking & Learning

Why Can’t I just Teach Critical Thinking?

The core abstract cognitive enabler that most academics and businesses professionals bemoan the lack of is critical thinking. So why can’t we just teach students critical thinking? Teaching students to think critically and critical thinking are not the same thing. Although thinking critically is a necessary part of critical thinking, students can learn to think … Continue reading

Assessment, Cognitive Enablers, Creativity, Creativity and Conformity, Critical Thinking, Discussions, Higher Education, Lecturing, Motivation, Socelor, Teaching Methods, The Science of Learning, Thinking & Learning

Experiences from inside the classroom

This is a personal experience blog post of things I have noticed during my time in post-secondary education. There is an implicit method within modern education that covers up the fact they are not really teaching critical thinking. Part of this is class participation being the bare minimum, encouraging maybe a small amount of class … Continue reading

Discussions, Teaching Methods, The Science of Learning

Why is Discussion the Best Method of Teaching

Peer discussion, with moderate input from a professor, is the best form of teaching there is. There are several reasons that I will go over. The first is the basic information transmission, retention, and recall. When information is taken in it becomes knowledge. Knowledge must be embedded into our understanding in order to become something … Continue reading

Discussions, Teaching Methods, The Science of Learning

Science of Learning: Group Discussions Compared to other Teaching Methods

Class or group discussions are a fairly traditional way of teaching students through the use of seminars and other tutorial gatherings. Other than conducting laboratory or field studies, the four primary methods of teaching are lectures, questions and answers, demonstrations, and discussions. Abbas (2015) compared these four teaching methods and measured each of the following … Continue reading