How can social science teaching strengthen students’ ability for critical thinking and source criticism?
The education system in Sweden, as well as in many other countries, has a dual mission to convey knowledge and promote democratic values. Social science education is of central importance to succeed in this mission. Moreover, it is within social science education that students learn to critically evaluate and relate to political information and other types of targeted messages that confront them in a complex world of analogue and digital media.
The Swedish curriculum states that students should develop their ability to critically evaluate information, facts and circumstances and to recognize the consequences of different alternatives. It also states that students should be given the opportunity to develop a critical and responsible approach to digital technology, to be able to see opportunities and understand risks of digital information.
In the Swedish Institute for Educational Research’s needs inventory, teachers expressed a need for knowledge about teaching methods that strengthen students’ ability for critical thinking and source criticism. This systematic review compiles relevant research that can provide teachers with knowledge to enhance their teaching practices.
The project is carried out by a project team consisting of external researchers (specialists in the field) and employees at the Swedish Institute for Educational Research.
Cecilia Arensmeier, Senior lecturer, Örebro University
Thomas Nygren, Senior lecturer, Uppsala University
From the Institute
Pontus Wallin, PhD, Researcher/Project manager
Ilana Manneh, PhD, Assistant project manager
Aiko Nakano Hylander, PhD, Information specialist
Maria Bergman, Project assistant