Title

Creative arts: An essential element in the teacher's toolkit when developing critical thinking in children

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Centre for Learning and Development

School

Academic Excellence Team/Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research

RAS ID

15845

Comments

This article was originally published as: Nilson, C., Fetherston, C. M., McMurray, A., & Fetherston, T. (2013). Creative arts: An essential element in the teacher's toolkit when developing critical thinking in children. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(7), 1-17. Original article available here

Abstract

This is a position paper, which argues the position that critical thinking is a crucial skill, which needs to be developed in the school curriculum and that the creative arts can do this. The paper explores the states of the Arts in the present curriculum and goes on to argue that knowing how to develop critical thinking is an important pedagogical skill that needs to be developed in our pre-service teachers. This position is supported through data gathered from an innovative project that explored teachers' and mothers' perceptions of children's critical thinking.

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