Beyond Critical Thinking: Student Learning Through Critical Action in an Undergraduate Environmental Economics Course
28 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011
Date Written: November 28, 2011
In this article we describe a form of critical pedagogy introduced in an environmental economics course that engaged students in critical action. Critical action takes students beyond critical thinking, teaching them to think critically in analyzing classroom material and to frame action critically with the intention of fostering social change. In this application, students critically analyzed the neo-classical rational actor model of market failure, and then designed a project to simultaneously test this model and undertake a socially beneficial activity. Students’ reactions to the project are presented and analyzed.
Keywords: critical pedagogy, critical action, critical thinking, economics education, environmental economics
JEL Classification: A22, Q5
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