Articles about Critical Thinking

Fostering Critical, Divergent Thinking In the Orff Classroom: It Starts With Academic Discourse and Dialogue
Orff Echo (2016) Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 16-19

Structuring discourse and dialogue is a first step to fostering students' critical and divergent thinking in Orff-inspired classrooms. This article showcases one strategy to build students' capacity in transferring what they are thinking into accountable talk and classroom discussion.

Toward Solving the Problem of Problem Solving: An Analysis Framework
Journal of Music Teacher Education (Online) (2016) Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 28-42

Teaching is replete with problem solving. Problem solving as a skill, however, is seldom addressed directly within music teacher education curricula, and research in music education has not examined problem solving systematically. A framework detailing problem-solving component skills would provide ...

"I Have a Question!" - Effective Questioning in Rehearsal
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 49-51

Questioning is an effective teaching tool in rehearsal but the nature of the questions merits careful consideration. Questions that elicit reflective thinking can help students become more discriminating by engaging them in analysis and problem solving. The author cites research ...

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century: Orff Schulwerk as an Impetus for Reform
Orff Echo (2014) Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 16-20

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills emphasizes critical thinking, among other skills, as important for today's students. Understanding what those skills entail, and seeing how the Orff apporach aligns with critical thinking learning goals, helps music teachers meet students' needs ...

Making the Connection: Orff Schulwerk, 21st Century Learning Skills, and the Common Core
Orff Echo (2014) Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 10-14

Recent education research clearly shows the benefits of music education in reaching goals defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning Skills. In spite of this, the pressures of standardized curricula and "teaching to the test" legislatin prompt many school ...