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Article: From policies to realities: Developing students' critical thinking in Hong Kong secondary school english writing classes

TitleFrom policies to realities: Developing students' critical thinking in Hong Kong secondary school english writing classes
Authors
KeywordsClassroom observation
Critical thinking
English language teaching
Teaching of writing
Issue Date2009
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=106712
Citation
RELC Journal, 2009, v. 40 n. 3, p. 262-279 How to Cite?
AbstractIn 1999 a critical thinking syllabus was issued by the education authority to all junior secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong. Different from the earlier curriculum guidelines, the syllabus highlights the importance of thinking in English language teaching and learning, and developing students' critical thinking through the subject. This study aims to investigate through classroom observation whether the critical thinking syllabus is translated into the classroom practices of two teachers. In the case studies covering more than 600 minutes of classroom teaching, four writing lessons were observed, analyzed and reported. The data reveal that the two teachers constantly deprived their students of the time and space for critical thinking. What is striking about the classroom data is that these teachers were indeed not creating the space of learning for students' writing development. The study, though exploratory, has important implications regarding students' critical thinking development. The paper concludes that it is important for teacher trainers to help teachers become reflective writing instructors. © The Author(s), 2009.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125488
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.533
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dc.description.abstractIn 1999 a critical thinking syllabus was issued by the education authority to all junior secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong. Different from the earlier curriculum guidelines, the syllabus highlights the importance of thinking in English language teaching and learning, and developing students' critical thinking through the subject. This study aims to investigate through classroom observation whether the critical thinking syllabus is translated into the classroom practices of two teachers. In the case studies covering more than 600 minutes of classroom teaching, four writing lessons were observed, analyzed and reported. The data reveal that the two teachers constantly deprived their students of the time and space for critical thinking. What is striking about the classroom data is that these teachers were indeed not creating the space of learning for students' writing development. The study, though exploratory, has important implications regarding students' critical thinking development. The paper concludes that it is important for teacher trainers to help teachers become reflective writing instructors. © The Author(s), 2009.en_HK
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dc.subjectClassroom observationen_HK
dc.subjectCritical thinkingen_HK
dc.subjectEnglish language teachingen_HK
dc.subjectTeaching of writingen_HK
dc.titleFrom policies to realities: Developing students' critical thinking in Hong Kong secondary school english writing classesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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