BdsMsc- Ege University
One of the most insightful lessons I learned from my mentors was that being able to critically think is an invaluable skill for anyone. It is a tool which can be used to succeed in a broad spectrum of occupations. I believe all undergraduate students should leave this university armed with the ability to critically think. Thus, a cornerstone of my teaching philosophy and personal teaching goals is to help students develop their critical thinking skills. The most important step a teacher can take to help students develop critical thinking skill is to create a positive learning environment by respecting and promoting intellectual diversity. This not only sets an example for students to follow, but it also allows students to share their ideas openly with other students and the teacher. Respecting and promoting intellectual diversity requires a deeper understanding of how diversity manifests inside and outside of the classroom. On the one hand, intellectual diversity manifests itself in the various worldviews that students possess. On the other hand, intellectual diversity manifests itself in the various ways students learn. To effectively promote and develop students’ critical thinking skills, both forms of intellectual diversity must be taken into consideration.