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Critical Inquiry and Pedagogy at NYU-Shanghai

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When To Introduce Critical Inquiry Into the Curriculum (Video 2 minutes, 38 seconds)

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Redish, E. F., & Steinberg, R. N. (1999). Teaching physics: Figuring out what works. Physics Today, 52, 24-30.

Can useful components of the expert approach to problem solving be successfully taught in introductory physics classes? When physics instructors describe what they are trying to teach in a physics course, they usually list the topics to be covered but don't explicate the concepts, skills, or attitudes they hope their students will develop. Let us refer to those elements that we hope will be learned but which are not explicitly considered or described as the hidden curriculum.

Brookfield, S. (2012). Chapter 4 (“Introducing Basic Protocols of Critical Thinking”)

So most programs that have CT as one of their goals begin with a fairly traditional process of information transmission, when students are assimilating basic content and learning how to judge what counts as legitimate knowledge in the area….The second school of thought argues that it is always possible to incorporate critical thinking into courses introducing students to a new subject area.

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