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Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Master Class | Deanne Johnston | 22nd June Thursday, 3:00pm | Wickham Room


To meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world, students need to innovate and create, think flexibly, interrogate ideas, consider perspectives and synthesise information. They also need the dispositions developed through critical thinking such as inquisitiveness, open-mindedness, self-efficacy and attention to detail, which are vital if they are to become lifelong learners.

Critical thinking is a teachable skill that has relevance and application across all learning areas. The development of critical thinking capability supports students to develop the cognitive skills required to successfully progress through secondary school and into the post-secondary years of work and further learning.

This masterclass aims to:

  • consider the value of teaching critical thinking

  • identify opportunities to implement critical thinking strategies in the classroom

  • share QCAA resources that can be used to support teachers to embed the critical thinking in curriculum planning.

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Deanne Johnston

Manager, K-10 Curriculum and Assessment, QCAA


With more than 25 years’ experience in state, Catholic and independent schools, Deanne is a Manager, Policy and Resource Development, K-10 Curriculum and Assessment Branch at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Deanne began her teaching career as an English and History teacher and now works with QCAA staff to provide advice, resources and professional learning for Queensland’s teachers and schools. Currently, the team is supporting schools with familiarisation and planning for Version 9.0 of the Australian Curriculum.

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