A survey of attitudes towards critical thinking among Hong Kong secondary school teachers: Implications for policy change

Paul STAPLETON

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Abstract

The term "critical thinking" (CT) is frequently found in educational policy documents in sections outlining curriculum goals. Despite this frequency, however, precise understandings among teachers of what CT really means are lacking. In this study, 72 high school teachers in Hong Kong were surveyed and interviewed on their beliefs about the meaning of CT. Results indicated that while the teachers had some conception of the term, it tended to be narrow. Further, they expressed strong support for the inclusion of CT in the curriculum, while conveying a desire for training in how to teach it. The findings suggest more precise definitions of CT are needed in educational documents. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-23
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Citation

Stapleton, P. (2011). A survey of attitudes towards critical thinking among Hong Kong secondary school teachers: Implications for policy change. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 6(1), 14-23.

Keywords

  • Critical thinking
  • Secondary school curriculum
  • Educational goals
  • Thinking skills

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