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There is currently a great deal of research being done to determine the meaning of critical thinking. Researchers are also trying to learn more about the transferability of critical thinking skills to various subject areas. Different methods of teaching critical thinking are also being sought (Norris, 1985). The major research question to be addressed in this paper is: how can critical thinking skills be fostered in children? Specifically, what are the instructional methods for teaching critical thinking skills in the elementary (K-6) curriculum? Secondly, does critical thinking become a separately taught discipline or can it be integrated into the pre-existing elementary school curriculum? A synthesis of current research findings and opinions of experts reported in the literature on the teaching of critical thinking skills in the elementary (K-6) curriculum will provide the information to answer these questions.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Marvin Heller


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