Singapore University of Social Sciences

Integrating Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Schemes: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


Synopsis

Creative and critical thinking skills are essential for all professionals working with children of any age. It is important to understand what is meant by both thinking skills and creative skills and to realize the relationship between the two constructs. If children are to be presented with the opportunity to grow to adulthood being able to think independently, being analytical and critical of what they see and hear then they must experience these skills in their formal education. These are the skills that a professional working with children must also have and demonstrate. Some people consider reflective thought to be the outcome of critical and creative thinking. John Dewey (1910), who first introduced the term, considered that learning improves to the degree that it arises out of the process of reflection.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in MyUniSIM. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Critical Thinking
  • Metacognition
  • Cognitive processes – the enquiry-based approach
  • Independent thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • The challenge to problem-solve creatively
  • Creative individuals
  • Techniques for enhancing creativity
  • Reflective thinking and Teaching Practices
  • Integrating critical, creative and reflective thinking in the classroom
  • Boys and girls and their thinking skills/dispositions
  • Critical and creative thinking approaches for organizations

Learning Outcome

  • Describe critical, creative and reflective thinking and their relationships
  • Explain the rationale and need to integrate critical, creative and reflective thinking for their professional development
  • Analyse issues related to developing a thinking culture in a classroom and an organization
  • Examine an inquiry-based approach for independent learning
  • Employ some techniques and skills to generate more creative ideas for solving day-to-day problems
  • Apply the creative problem solving approach to define problems, generate ideas to solve problems creatively for quality improvement in early years settings
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