A Thinking Pedagogy/Andragogy
Thinking 101[part 2]


Knowing; Understanding;
Creativity/Innovation & Wisdom

Almost every educator would agree that we need to encourage learners to think better but if we cannot clearly say what thinking is, then we clearly are not in a position to develop the capacity in our learners to be able to "think" better than they did when they first came into the room. It is important to realise the learners can think before they enter a classroom and it does not require an educator to teach them to think per se, but it does take an educator to teach them to think in different ways and to think more effectively.

25 Billion: Processing capacity of a typical desktop computer
Huang Gregory; New Scientist; 3 May 2008

The thinking ecology that schools need to adopt allows learners to extend the end point for their learning world from knowing (competence), to building understanding.

To teach for understanding requires educators to ask rich, open, fertile, high order questions and to do this requires rich information and communication environments. The primary role for ICT's is to provide this information and communication environment.

The second part of this ecology is to encourage the understanding to be crafted into creativity and innovation via the use of imagination.

100 Billion: Estimated number
of nerve cells in the brain
Huang Gregory; New Scientist; 3 May 2008

An important part of that understanding is knowing who we are and what we can do... Ultimately, we must synthesize our understandings for ourselves. The performance of understanding that really matters are the ones we carry out as human beings in an imperfect world which we can affect for good or for ill."
Howard Gardner

Thinking Initiators

Thinking is Complex