What can critical thinking do for access to Higher Education adult learners at a Further Education arts institution? Reflections on a poetry group.

Norton, Frances (2020) What can critical thinking do for access to Higher Education adult learners at a Further Education arts institution? Reflections on a poetry group. In: Delivering the Public Good of Higher Education – Widening Participation, Place & Lifelong Learning. FACE publications. ISBN 9780995492233 (In Press)

Abstract

This chapter on developing critical thinking skills is likely to be of interest to further education lecturers, and those involved in the arts and pedagogy of widening participation, access and lifelong learning. This qualitative, practitioner research chapter discusses how a critical thinking intervention of a Poetry Group may benefit some students encouraging confidence in speaking, progression and social cohesion in a Community of Inquiry. The hypothesis asks what critical thinking can do for adult learners, and lifelong widening participation students. Early findings are that critical thinking nurtures a dialogic attitude, the confidence to question and problem solving skills.

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