Beyond Critical Thinking: Student Learning Through Critical Action in an Undergraduate Environmental Economics Course

28 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011

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Calvin Blackwell

College of Charleston - School of Business

Gordon Dehler

College of Charleston - Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

Date Written: November 28, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Blackwell, Calvin and Dehler, Gordon, Beyond Critical Thinking: Student Learning Through Critical Action in an Undergraduate Environmental Economics Course (November 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1965728

Calvin Blackwell (Contact Author)

College of Charleston - School of Business ( email )

Department of Economics
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
United States
843-953-7836 (Phone)
843-953-5697 (Fax)

Gordon Dehler

College of Charleston - Department of Management and Entrepreneurship ( email )

United States

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