Arctic Yearbook 2014 - Page 58

Arctic Yearbook 2014 58 - Grade 10 Non-Indigenous Student, NWT The student quoted described his family’s reaction to reading a memoir written by a former residential school student. Students were tasked with writing a book review of survivor memoirs and novels, which enabled them to empathize with the characters. Many students who participated in the territorial pilot study demonstrated an enhanced capacity to think critically. Richard Paul and Linda Elder define critical thinking as, “The art of analyzing and evaluating thinking with a view to improving it” (as cited in hooks 2010: 9). Paul and Elder remind us that critical thinkers, “seek to think beneath the surface, to be logical and fair. They apply these skills to their reading and writing as well as to their speaking and listening” (as cited in hooks 2010: 9). Students demonstrated attrib