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ESP485 - Teaching Thinking Skills

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:C Spicer



Must be enrolled in course D344, D347,  D389, E356 or E359.

Incompatible with:

ESP425, ETE425, ETE485

Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


This unit focuses on teaching thinking skills in the classroom and explores effective teaching and assessment strategies for addressing the VELS standards of the Thinking Processes domain. A variety of thinking models and thinking tools that can be used across a range of disciplines will be investigated and experienced in class. Collaborative classroom structures that enhance thinking skills will also be outlined and practised during class sessions. In particular there will be an emphasis on effective and engaging strategies for teaching reasoning, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.


Individual Thinking Tasks Portfolio (60%)

This individual assignment requires the student to read and reflect on a journal article, apply teaching and learning activities to selected content and complete a small test during class time

(2000 words equivalent).

Group Thinking Skills Application task (40%)

In this group assignment approx. 3 students work together to design, trial and evaluate a selection of thinking tools (2000 words equivalent).

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