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Critical Thinking in Academic Writing
A Cultural Approach


Shi Pu

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ISBN 9781032038827
August 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book compares how critical thinking is conceptualised, applied and acquired by Chinese postgraduate students in three different settings in China and the UK. It aims to uncover the cultural conditions for them to understand and apply critical thinking skills in academic writing tasks.

Based on ethnographic fieldwork of eight months, the book analyses students’ views of critical thinking, compares their application of critical thinking in their written drafts, and enquires into their accounts of writing experiences. From an insider’s perspective, it unpacks the intricate interplay between a range of cultural and individual factors influencing students’ critical thinking experiences. By analysing Chinese students’ potentials and learning needs, the book offers insights into the nature of problems that they encounter, hoping to open up possibilities for their intellectual growth.

The book will primarily be of interest to academics and educators who work with Chinese students. Scholars working on intercultural issues in higher education will also find it helpful.

Table of Contents

1. Critical thinking as an educational ideal  2. Critical thinking as a cultural issue  3. The lens of a cultural approach  4. Students’ conceptualisations of critical thinking  5. Students’ applications of critical thinking in written texts  6. Students’ experiences of writing activities  7. Critical thinking in academic writing: A theoretical model

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Shi PU is Lecturer at Beijing Foreign Studies University, National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education. Her research interests include critical thinking, academic literacies, and foreign language curriculum and instruction. She received her PhD in Second Language Education from the University of Cambridge.