Frameworks and Critical Thinking

A week or so ago, a Principal was telling me how wonderful Uncle Ernie Grant’s Tully based cultural awareness workshop based on his learning framework was. She had attended his workshops in Tully, North Queensland, and was in awe of what she’d learned. She seemed to be convinced that she was now set to always use this framework in all parts of the curriculum.

I found another framework – 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning from New South Wales this week.

Both frameworks look fine. But my concern, and the reason for this short post, is to warn users not to suspend critical thinking in the process (I do love that the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning refers to Critical Consciousness!). Stick to your effective teaching principles of encouraging critical thinking, and of applying critical thinking to your own teaching. Don’t blindly accept a framework because its the only one you’ve seen.