All students in Year 7 and Year 8 at ELTHAM College have an opportunity to extend critical thinking skills in a supportive and challenging environment.  Over a period of two terms students participate in small group discussions focusing on critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

Students will explore:

  • how to express their thinking clearly and confidently to others
  • how to deal with controversial questions that don’t have clear-cut answers
  • how to work collaboratively with open-mindedness and respect for different perspectives
  • how to use evidence in an argument
  • how to question the assumptions underlying different points of view
  • how to evaluate different ideas, and weigh up which arguments are more (or less) convincing
  • how to reflect on the quality of their own reasoning (and how to improve it)

For more information regarding the program, please contact the Head of Curriculum Helen Lucas