Research Cycle

 Vol 5|No 1|October|2008
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Challenging Assumptions

By Jamie McKenzie

In one of the world's most impressive curriculum documents, New Zealand has made a strong appeal for schools to develop a generation of thinkers who are capable of making up their own minds:

Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge. They reflect on their own learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions, and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions. Source

The Evidence Gap, Truthiness
and the Wicked Witch

By Jamie McKenzie

Many times our students will encounter claims and statements poorly substantiated by evidence. They must learn to ask for the evidence or the data that is missing. By demanding evidence, they can challenge the often distorted claims made by those who employ truthiness as a prime strategy to capture the imagination, the loyalty and the votes of the people.


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