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A comprehensive approach to the development of thinking skills

DOI: 10.4102/koers.v60i4.645

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The development of independent and innovative thinking entails much more than merely the acquisition of a series of thinking skills. A comprehensive approach based upon inter-disciplinary cooperation between, among others, the disciplines of philosophy, education and pscychology is needed. In such a comprehensive approach to the development of thinking skills the following factors that have a bearing on the acquisition of thinking skills should be addressed: The cultivation of a positive disposition towards the development of thinking. The creation of conditions conducive to the development of thinking. The cultivation of virtues that will dispose a person towards good thinking. An understanding of what good thinking entails. The teaching and assessment of thinking skills. In this article, these various factors and their bearing on the development of thinking skills are explored. A general theoretical framework for the development of thinking skills is proposed that can and should be translated to specific domains of knowledge or to specific human enterprises.

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