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Psicothema, 2010. Vol. Vol. 22 (nº 2). 284-292




Critical thinking as a self-regulatory process component in teaching and learning

Huy P. Phan

University of New England

This article presents a theoretically grounded model of critical thinking and self-regulation in the context of teaching and learning. Critical thinking, deriving from an educational psychology perspective is a complex process of reflection that helps individuals become more analytical in their thinking and professional development. My conceptualisation in this discussion paper argues that both theoretical orientations (critical thinking and self-regulation) operate in a dynamic interactive system of teaching and learning. My argument, based on existing research evidence, suggests two important points: (i) critical thinking acts as another cognitive strategy of self-regulation that learners use in their learning, and (ii) critical thinking may be a product of various antecedents such as different self-regulatory strategies.

El pensamiento crítico, como un componente de autorregulación, en el proceso de enseñanza - aprendizaje. Este artículo presenta un modelo teórico básico del pensamiento crítico y la autorregulación, en el contexto de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. El pensamiento crítico, derivado de la perspectiva de la psicología educativa, es un complejo proceso de reflexión que ayuda a las personas a ser más analíticas en su pensamiento y en su desarrollo profesional. La conceptuación en este informe sostiene que, ambas orientaciones teóricas (el pensamiento crítico y la autorregulación), operan en un sistema dinámico e interactivo de enseñanza y de aprendizaje. El argumento se basado en pruebas de investigación existentes y sugiere dos puntos importantes: (i) los actos de pensamiento crítico como otra estrategia cognitiva de autorregulación, que los estudiantes utilizan en su aprendizaje, y (ii) el pensamiento crítico puede ser un producto de diversos antecedentes, tales como diferentes estrategias de auto-regulación.

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