Learning Continuum of Critical and Creative Thinking

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This element involves students analysing, synthesising and evaluating the reasoning and procedures used to find solutions, evaluate and justify results or inform courses of action.

Students identify, consider and assess the logic and reasoning behind choices. They differentiate components of decisions made and actions taken and assess ideas, methods and outcomes against criteria. In developing and acting with critical and creative thinking, students:

  • apply logic and reasoning
  • draw conclusions and design a course of action
  • evaluate procedures and outcomes.

Level 1

Typically by the end of Foundation Year, students:

Draw conclusions and design a course of action

share their thinking about possible courses of action

Evaluate procedures and outcomes

check whether they are satisfied with the outcome of tasks or actions

Apply logic and reasoning

identify the thinking used to solve problems in given situations

Level 2

Typically by the end of Year 2, students:

Draw conclusions and design a course of action

identify alternative courses of action or possible conclusions when presented with new information

Evaluate procedures and outcomes

evaluate whether they have accomplished what they set out to achieve

Apply logic and reasoning

identify reasoning used in choices or actions in specific situations

Level 3

Typically by the end of Year 4, students:

Draw conclusions and design a course of action

draw on prior knowledge and use evidence when choosing a course of action or drawing a conclusion

Evaluate procedures and outcomes

explain and justify ideas and outcomes

Apply logic and reasoning

identify and apply appropriate reasoning and thinking strategies for particular outcomes