The Queensland Department of Education’s IMPACT Centre delivers online specialist teaching to State School students across Queensland in a variety of subjects including literacy, STEM, and critical thinking.  IMPACT commissioned the UQCTP to develop its critical thinking curriculum and to train and mentor its teachers in the UQCTP’s Pedagogical Schema for Teaching Critical Thinking.

This project seeks to conduct a detailed quantitative data analysis to investigate the relationship between participation in IMPACT’s online critical thinking modules and improved critical thinking.  As such, the primary research question the project seeks to address is:

Does participation to IMPACT Centre online critical thinking modules improve students’ critical thinking abilities, and to what extent?

A second question for research is:

Does participation to IMPACT Centre online critical thinking modules produce better gains in critical thinking than participation to other IMPACT Centre modules?

Despite the widely acknowledged need to teach Critical Thinking as part of formal schooling and of its importance to the “knowledge economies” of the future, there is a dearth of empirical research relating to the effectiveness of critical thinking pedagogies and its effect on students’ academic capacities. This project will fill this gap by generating valuable insights into the effectiveness of inquiry-based critical thinking pedagogy on students’ thinking abilities.

Project members

Deborah Brown

Associate Professor
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Director
UQ Critical Thinking Project

David Kinkead

Senior Research Associate
UQ Critical Thinking Project

Peter Ellerton

Lecturer
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Director - Curriculum and Pedagogy
UQ Critical Thinking Project

Claudio Mazzola

Program coordinator
UQ Critical Thinking Project