Academic Excellence through Critical, Reflective, and Creative Thinking

By Kenneth R. Austin.

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Embracing a belief that achievement is best realized through the development of critical, reflective, and creative thinking, an argument is made that any education curriculum or pedagogical practice which does not put into practice a similar ideology is viewed as educationally deficient and incomplete. The development and cultivation of critical thinking skills, exploration of reasoning processes, and the expansion of applications of aesthetic inquiry in diverse educational programs can better provide holistic learning experiences. The demands on educational institutions have limited the approaches to inquiry-based education. The same demands are challenging teacher educators to implement creative and innovative ways to promote an inquiry-based education. By embracing and promoting critical, reflective, and creative thinking, educators can promote inquiry-based instruction in an inclusive and integrated manner. This brief paper discusses the methodologies of a regional university teacher-preparatory program that requires pre-service education students to develop and articulate a teaching philosophy which embraces critical, reflective, and creative thinking as a means through which creative and academic achievement can be improved and is focused primarily in an Interdisciplinary Field of Research.

Keywords: Critical Thinking, Reflective Thinking, Creative Thinking, Inquiry-based Instruction, Holistic Learning

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.173-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 540.860KB).

Dr. Kenneth R. Austin

Assistant Professor, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Currently, I am a faculty member of a teacher preparatory program in which I teach Introduction to Pedagogy and Active Learning, and Designing a Curriculum for a Learner-Centered Classroom. Also, I teach Master level courses in Educational Philosophy, American Education History, Research in Education, and Secondary Teacher as Constructivist Leader. I was a high school teacher for 14 years before moving into higher education. In high school I taught courses in painting, traditional and digital photography, sculpture, drawing, art history, world cultures, world history, and aesthetics. This year completes my 21st year in education. I have the rare combination of having an MFA (Studio Art) and a PhD (Curriculum and Instruction), both from The University of Texas at Austin.

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