A Developmental process of dialogical critical thinking in children

Marie-France Daniel, Louise Lafortune, Pierre Mongeau, Christina Slade, Laurance Splitter, Teresa de la Garza

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In this paper, we study the manifestations of what we call "dialogical critical thinking" in elementary school pupils when they are engaged in philosophical exchanges among peers: What are the characteristics of dialogical critical thinking? How does it develop in youngsters? Our research was conducted during an entire school year, with eight groups of pupils from three different cultural contexts: Australia, Mexico and Quebec. Our findings were constructed in an inductive manner, inspired by qualitative analysis as defined by Glaser and Strauss (1967). From our analysis, a grid was developed, illustrating the process by which dialogical critical thinking developed among the pupils involved in our research. This process is manifested via four modes of thinking (logical, creative, responsible and meta-cognitive), which become increasingly complex according to three pistemological perspectives (egocentricity, relativism and inter-subjectivity oriented toward meaning).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalInquiry : critical thinking across the disciplines
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


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