Creative arts: An essential element in the teacher's toolkit when developing critical thinking in children
Edith Cowan University
Centre for Learning and Development
Academic Excellence Team/Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research
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.