Reflections and Practices
Edited By Monica Tilea, Oana-Adriana Duţă and Alina Stela Reşceanu
This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.
Interdisciplinary Writing for Developing Critical Thinking (Alina Reşceanu)
Interdisciplinary Writing for Developing Critical Thinking
Abstract: In this paper, we argue in favour of using an interdisciplinary approach in writing classes in order to improve our students’ 21st century skills, with a focus on critical thinking, language proficiency and integrative skills. In the first sections, we review the field of the interdisciplinary approach and how general principles apply in the case of writing. In our approach, we explore recent perspectives on the design, objectives and goals of a writing course at undergraduate level by examining course syllabi offered by other universities which include such courses in the academic curricula. In the second section, we emphasize the need for a sequenced set of writing experiences so as to provide steady progress and improve students’ twenty-first century skills, especially their critical thinking. In the context of education for sustainable and solidary development, students should be encouraged to perceive writing as a trans- and interdisciplinary process rather than just a product. At the end of this paper, we offer a series of interdisciplinary strategies and sample writing assignments that could offer students opportunities for expressive, academic or non-academic forms of writing.
Keywords: interdisciplinary writing, integrative skills, critical thinking, twenty-first century skills.
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