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Critical Thinking in the English Classroom

By Nathan Woods

This review illustrates a need for research on how teachers in New Zealand have interpreted the Key Competency ‘thinking’ and how they have attempted to embed critical thinking as a Key Competency into English courses. Key themes arising from the review are: (1) critical thinking can be expressed differently in different subject domains; (2) domain-specific knowledge plays a key role in critical thinking; and (3) schools and teachers may overlook the domain-specific nature of critical thinking when they interpret the Key Competencies.

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