Eating Flowers, Holding Hands: Should Critical Thinking Pedagogy ‘Go Wild’?

Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 26 (3):47-53 (2011)
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This paper is inspired by Anthony Weston’s “What if Teaching Went Wild?” , in which he proposes a radical approach to environmental education, suggesting among other things a stress on “otherness.” Comparing Weston’s proposal to Richard Paul’s concept of the “strong sense” critical thinker, and to Trudy Govier’s rationale for her pedagogy of argument, I suggest that “going wild” in stand-alone critical thinking courses could provide a positive, unsettling push, helping students to reconnect through the otherness of alternative argumentation



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