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Challenging the notion of non-Western students' incapabilityfor critical thinking
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1058-7637
2016 (English)In: Social sciences and interdisciplinary behavior / [ed] Gaol, Ford Lumban, Hutagalung, Fonny, Bagautdinova, Nailya & Safiullin, Lenar, Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2016, p. 329-334Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is a longstanding belief that critical thinking is exclusively embedded in the Western Anglo-Saxon culture and language, thereby non-Western students using English as an additional language may not be capable of critical thinking (e.g., Atkinson, 1997). This paper reports on a study that questions this belief. The study explored the accounts of eight non-Western, international doctoral students at a New Zealand university and also analyzed their academic texts. The data of the study suggested that criticality or critical thinking was found in these students' verbal accounts. What they appeared to struggle was to express their critical thinking academically. This paper argues that, unlike the claim, non-Western students should learn critical thinking itself in the course of learning English; they may need to develop skills to communicate their critical thinking effectively in the English-medium academic context.

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Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2016. p. 329-334
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Critical thinking, academic context, using English
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HUMANITIES, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11780ISBN: 9781315375182 (electronic)ISBN: 9781138028388 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11780DiVA, id: diva2:1155705
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The 4th International Congress on Interdisciplinary Behavior and Social Sciences 2015 (ICIBSoS 2015), held 22-23 October 2015 at The Institute of Management, Economics and Finance of the Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russia and 7-8 November 2015 in Arya Duta Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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