There is a growing realisation that if students merely memorise the content of the subjects they learn at school, this is no longer enough to achieve academically, or in life. They are now being exposed to more complex problems for which there aren’t easy answers. Not only are they required to think more effectively for themselves, they also need to master working collaboratively with others. This is impacting on education around the world, for which a new approach is required.
The South African Context
Both the relatively new CAPS curriculum, and the IEB thinking skills exams in South Africa acknowledge the need to actively develop critical thinking skills. However, until now, it has not been clear how school management and staff build these thinking skills into teaching and learning practice. To meet this need, Thinking Schools South Africa was formed as a national non-profit organisation by cognitive education specialists, as a collaborative community of global and national experts.