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Kung Fu as critical thinking: An ethnographic analysis

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Olivier Habimana ,

University of Rwanda, RW
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Amy Stambach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
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Abstract

This paper offers an alternative view of critical thinking beyond that which stresses student-centered instruction. It draws on participant-observation and interview data collected from a Kung Fu course held at the University of Rwanda to highlight how students use Kung Fu to make decisions in other domains of their lives. Analysis suggests that direct instructional modes facilitate students’ independent reasoning and their approaches to problem solving. In exploring how Rwandan students apply Kung Fu, the paper questions whether critical thinking and student-centered activities necessarily go hand-in-hand.

How to Cite: Habimana, O. and Stambach, A., 2015. Kung Fu as critical thinking: An ethnographic analysis. Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 2(1), pp.56–70. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21913/jps.v2i1.1102
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Published on 25 May 2015.
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