NPDL Critical Thinking

Curriculum Connections

Victorian Curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum Foundation-10 Critical and Creative Thinking Capability encourages students to respond effectively to environmental, social and economic challenges that require them to “be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully”.

Critical and Creative Thinking is strongly linked and is fundamental to learning across the curriculum. Through this capability, there is explicit attention to and application of thinking skills to enable students to develop self-awareness through reflection, understanding the processes they can use to manage their own thinking, knowledge and learning.

Through the Critical and Creative Thinking capability, students will develop an:

  • understanding of thinking processes and an ability to manage and apply these intentionally
  • skills and learning dispositions that support logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinking
  • confidence in evaluating thinking and thinking processes across a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Critical and Creative Thinking is organised into three interrelated strands:
  • 1. Questions and Possibilities: Explore the nature of questioning and a range of processes and techniques to develop ideas
  • 2. Reasoning: Explore how to compose, analyse and evaluate arguments and reasoning
  • 3. Meta-Cognition: Explore the use of strategies to understand, manage and reflect on thinking and learning processes.

For more information visit the Victorian Curriculum pages:

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