Critical thinking in young children

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Jane Davis-Seaver (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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D. Michelle Irwin

Abstract: The purpose of this paper was to look at the essential qualities of critical thinking as put forth by leading proponents of critical thinking, especially Richard Paul and Henry Giroux. The thinking of young children as told by them, rather than as tested by adults with prescribed tasks with prescribed answers, was assessed to find whether or not young children are thinking critically in or out of school. Ten children, six and seven years old, none of them classified as exceptional, were interviewed and asked to talk about their thinking. The transcripts of the interviews were analyzed as to whether the children exhibited the qualities of critical thinking put forth by Paul and Giroux.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Critical thinking in children
School children $x Attitudes

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