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The oceanography classroom: Don't be too critical in thinking about our students' abilities

The oceanography classroom: Don't be too critical in thinking about our students' abilities
The oceanography classroom: Don't be too critical in thinking about our students' abilities
First paragraph.

I am not one who is easily led or swayed. I am stubborn to the point that if someone tells me to do one thing, I will probably do the opposite. A dogmatic or independent thinker? My wife would say the first. Come to think of it, so would my head of faculty. So when the editor suggested that I consider writing a column looking at how to get university students to think critically, I thought—no, I'm not doing that. Then, I thought more critically, and realized that dogmatism (based on a priori assumption rather than empirical evidence) is the antithesis of critical thinking. Enough rhetoric. This column is, after all, about science education in oceanography and not an impalpable discursion into the English language.
1042-8275
72-74
Boxall, Simon
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Boxall, Simon
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Boxall, Simon (2012) The oceanography classroom: Don't be too critical in thinking about our students' abilities. Oceanography, 25 (4), 72-74. (doi:10.5670/oceanog.2012.109).

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First paragraph.

I am not one who is easily led or swayed. I am stubborn to the point that if someone tells me to do one thing, I will probably do the opposite. A dogmatic or independent thinker? My wife would say the first. Come to think of it, so would my head of faculty. So when the editor suggested that I consider writing a column looking at how to get university students to think critically, I thought—no, I'm not doing that. Then, I thought more critically, and realized that dogmatism (based on a priori assumption rather than empirical evidence) is the antithesis of critical thinking. Enough rhetoric. This column is, after all, about science education in oceanography and not an impalpable discursion into the English language.

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Published date: 2012
Organisations: Coastal & Shelf Research

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Local EPrints ID: 346923
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/346923
ISSN: 1042-8275
PURE UUID: 2e128dfe-5523-49a0-b092-f502ef1b09df

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Date deposited: 11 Jan 2013 16:33
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:00

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