Empowering Students to Self-Learn

by Peggie Chan
Centre for English Language Communication
National University of Singapore

This article describes two approaches to learning and teaching used in the module “Evaluating Academic Arguments.”   Both approaches address how learners independently process information on topics discussed in the module and then work with that information.  In one approach, learners study logical fallacies and then peer teach aspects of that. In the other, learners are given input to explore related to a position paper, which they need to work with and eventually write. In both approaches, the emphasis is on learners making their own discoveries about a pertinent topic as opposed to being explicitly taught.

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  1. Your focus is on critical thinking and writing. Thinking means understanding the basic principles and rules of logic, applying them to arrive at conclusions, and then checking for empirical verification. Writing means communicating the ideas, stressing the principles. Modern education fails when it discussed various points and ideas without the stress on principles. See “Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better” on amazon.

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