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Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines

Volume 24, Issue 3, Spring 2005

Using Case Studies to Promote Critical Thinking

Dan T. Ouzts, Mark J. Palombo
Pages 17-20

Case Method in a Graduate Children’s Literature Course to Foster Critical Thinking
Picture Books and the QAR

This research describes and presents a reading comprehension strategy called the Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) that was used in a graduate level children’s literature course that combined the characteristics of the case study method and critical thinking connected to picture books. The intent of the research was to provide a framework to graduate students for teaching both reading comprehension and critical thinking, The use of questioning served as the structure or strategy for the graduate students to subsequently apply this to their classrooms. Problems, questions, and issues in one picture book (Faithful Elephants, 1951) served as sources of motivationand critical thinking for the case study method.

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