Active learning and critical thinking in schools
RWCT teaching strategies develop the abilities of students at all levels to read and listen with understanding, reason with information, and apply their knowledge in solving problems.
Strategies show teachers how to hold discussions in which everyone participates and is challenged to think deeply.
They use writing as a way of reflecting on what they learn and to communicate ideas to different audiences.
Cooperative learning strategies engage all students all the time, and teach skills of leadership, communication and teamwork, as well as a disposition to respect differences and work with diverse others.
Critical thinking, communication, and cooperative skills in the workplace.
Adults’ quality of life outcomes are linked to their skills in reading, critical thinking, and communication, as the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies conducted by the OECD show.
Even in countries with advanced economies, the growing complexity of the workplace is leaving as many as half of adults behind for lack of those skills.
Careful reading, critical thinking, communication, interpersonal understanding, and cooperation can be taught in primary school and continue in secondary school and university.