The Praxis of Teaching Thinking: A Case Study about Student-teachers’ Experiences in the Malaysian Classrooms

By Suhailah Hussien.

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This paper presents a case study that was conducted at the Institute of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia, on the teaching of thinking. The aims of the study were to understand the student-teachers’ experience in learning and practicing teaching thinking, and assist them in their own conceptualization of teaching thinking. The paper begins by discussing briefly the development of teaching thinking, thinking skills programs, and an alternative pedagogy to teaching thinking skills that had been introduced in the case study. The paper describes how the case study explored student-teachers’ views toward the different approaches in teaching thinking skills, their micro teaching, and their experiences of critical pedagogy. Problems faced by the student-teachers in teaching thinking skills are highlighted, and the conceptualization of an alternative pedagogy is the resolution.

Keywords: Teaching of Thinking, Pedagogy, Critical Pedagogy, Praxis, Asking Question, Creative and Critical Thinking Course (Ccts), Empower

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.258MB).

Dr. Suhailah Hussien

Assistant Professor, Institute of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia

I received a Bachelor degree in Human Sciences (Hons) specialising in Philosophy in 1996 from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Then I completed my Diploma in Education in 1997, in IIUM. Immediately after that, I was offered the post of Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Education, IIUM. Then, I pursued my Masters in education (Social Foundations of Education) degree in IIUM and graduated in 2000. After teaching for two years, I continued to study for my PhD. in Philosophy of Education in the University of Sheffield and graduated in 2006. Currently, I am still attached to the Institute of Education, IIUM. Some of my research works that had been published and presented were The Teaching of Thinking in Secondary Schools in Selangor- Malaysia, The Effectiveness of the Basic Islamic Parenting Course (BIPC), The Teaching of Thinking in Malaysia, and The Islamisation of Critical Pedagogy: A Case Study in Malaysia. Some of my area of interests are Philosophy, Philosophy of education, Foundations of Education, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Literacy, Teaching Thinking, Parenting, Moral Education, Multiculturalism, Feminism, Critical research, Critical Discourse Analysis and Narrative Inquiry.


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