Critical Thinking in a Higher Education Functional English Course

Shaista Irshad Khan


APA 6th edition
Khan, S.I. (2017). Critical Thinking in a Higher Education Functional English Course. European Journal of Educational Research, 6(1), 59-67. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.1.59

Harvard
Khan S.I. 2017 'Critical Thinking in a Higher Education Functional English Course', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 59-67. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.6.1.59

Chicago 16th edition
Khan, Shaista Irshad . "Critical Thinking in a Higher Education Functional English Course". (2017)European Journal of Educational Research 6, no. 1(2017): 59-67. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.1.59

Abstract

Abstract: Critical thinking is seen as a highly desirable way of thinking that needs to be encouraged in all areas of higher education.  However, it is not easy to conceptualise critical thinking in ways that can help in its development and in its assessment. Recent policy documents in Pakistan have laid emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills in higher education and The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan worked with USAID to publish new course guidance for Functional English, a mandatory course, as a part of introducing a revised four year BEd honours programme. The course includes aims like giving reasons to justify a view, distinguishing between fact and opinion and enabling students to develop argumentation skills. All these aims require students to develop skills involving questioning: asking questions of what is provided, who has provided it and what its meaning might be, key features of critical thinking.

Keywords: Critical thinking,  higher education, English course.


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