The Thinking Skills Deficit: What Role Does a Poetry Group Have in Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Adult Lifelong Learners in a Further Education Art College?

Norton, Francis and Gregson, Margaret (2020) The Thinking Skills Deficit: What Role Does a Poetry Group Have in Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Adult Lifelong Learners in a Further Education Art College? Education Sciences, 10 (3). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2227-7102

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Abstract

This article investigates Brown’s assertion that students today exhibit an unwillingness/inability
to engage in critical thinking (CT). He describes this as a ‘critical thinking deficit’. The question of
whether CT can be taught or whether we can only create the conditions in which CT can thrive and
develop is explored through analysis of data from a pedagogical intervention of a Poetry Group;
it aims to develop CT by employing Community of Inquiry as a methodology. This intervention was
offered to a group of Further Education (FE) students over a period of six months with the intention
of preparing them for progression into Higher Education (HE). Findings from the study lend support
to the claim that sharing stories and poems is helpful in developing social and cultural capital across
the group and in supporting CT and academic development. Students in the study report that they
found the Poetry Group particularly valuable in encouraging both critical engagement with their
Arts subject, deeper levels of learning and supporting improvements in attainment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Education > Educational Research
Education > Further Education
Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education
Depositing User: Margaret Gregson
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 14:48
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 09:44
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/11869
ORCID for Margaret Gregson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2195-3738

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