Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Martin, Jill

Second Reader

JoEllen Ambrose;


Critical thinking is a crucial skill which today’s K-12 students must develop in order to be engaged and curious global citizens. The social studies classroom is a proxy for democratic participation and therefore an exemplary setting to spark student critical thinking. This educator sought to discern the effectiveness of student-centered learning strategies as it relates to the development of student critical thinking. When educators adopt a social constructivist pedagogical practice, students are placed at the center of all classroom instruction and provided opportunities to assimilate prior knowledge with newly constructed knowledge. Research reveals that such a classroom setting pushes students to higher-order thinking, and truly develops their critical thinking skills.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis