Educating for Thinking about Thinking

Subject EDUC90642 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment: 125 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Mr Clinton Golding


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject examines the role of thinking in teaching and learning. The theoretical background of a variety of educational approaches will be explored to clarify what teaching and learning thinking might mean. The approaches examined will be applicable across the disciplines and in different educational contexts. Beginning with the view that we teach thinking by teaching the skills and tools from various thinking skills programs the exploration moves on to more sophisticated and complex theories and approaches. Students will have the opportunity to participate in lessons based on these approaches and to apply them to individual educational contexts and interests. The aim of the subject is that students leave with a deeper understanding of thinking, teaching and the education of thinking.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Understand what it means to educate for thinking;
  • Understand and critically evaluate a range of approaches to educating for thinking;
  • Critically review local and international literature on educating for thinking;
  • Apply their theoretical understanding of educating for thinking to their own educational context and interests.
  • Report on a reading or practical task, 1000 words, due mid-semester, 20% of final grade.
  • Essay on self-designed question, 4,000 words, due end of semester, 80% of final grade. Class time will be devoted to this assignment and students will be required to submit their questions, an abstract and a partial draft for feedback during the semester.
Prescribed Texts: There is no prescribed text for this subject. A reading pack will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should:
  • Have in-depth knowledge of educational practice and theory;
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through diverse learning experiences;
  • Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of educational practice;
  • Be a thoughtful writer about educational practice and theory.
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)

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