Self-Inquiry and Group Dynamics: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Critical Thinking

Self-Inquiry and Group Dynamics: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Critical Thinking

Katia González (Wagner College, USA), Rhoda Frumkin (Wagner College, USA) and John Montgomery (SUNY, New Paltz, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5816-5.ch008
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Abstract

In this chapter, the authors discuss ways in which pedagogical considerations involved in using a theoretical framework for self-inquiry and socially constructed knowledge led to the selection and implementation of mapping as a tool to (1) activate prior knowledge and scaffold content and process for pre-service educators working with students and families who are at risk and (2) assist adult learners in organizing multiple perspectives during small and large group discussion, while developing critical thinking and shared leadership skills through meaningful connections and action. A case study on how the utilization of a multidisciplinary approach informed the type of curriculum decisions to engage learners is provided. The case study also illustrates when and why instructional techniques and strategies were introduced and embedded to encourage both interactions and discussions focusing on modeling the ongoing use of skills for critical thinking and how each mapping strategy/tool served as a formative and summative assessment plan to improve verbal and written communication.

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