CDTA12012 | Sharing Practices
Sharing Session: Supporting Critical Thinking in Academic Writing
For NUS Staff
Credit Hours: 1.00
Fee: Free
No Available Class

Critical thinking is an integral skill for higher education learning. In our classes, there may be different modes to examine critical thinking, such as through tasks that require students to propose solutions for problems, or to synthesise diverse but related information. A common task that higher level university modules may have is the writing of an academic paper. Writing an academic paper allows students to participate by adding their voice in current academic conversations. This is common for many disciplines, as seen in Nesi and Garde’s (2006) survey of assessed writing in 20 disciplines, where the value of a paper lies in its “ability to display critical thinking and development of an argument within the context of the curriculum”. (p. 108).

Many would assume that university students are able to demonstrate critical thinking in writing but in practice, students often need more guidance and support on how to do so effectively.  Learning support is needed to help students develop sufficient critical thinking to find, situate, express and defend their voice an accurate and acceptable manner.  In this sharing, we will offer a few tips on how we get students to engage learning activities that have the potential to enhance their critical thinking skills, and the subsequent transference of these skills into academic writing. 

Intended Learning Outcomes

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Offered by the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL)