KATJA’S WORLD GAME: AN ALTERNATIVE WAY FOR READERS/STUDENTS TO THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS
Professor of English Literature, Østfold University College, Norway
Because students must accumulate relevant information and evaluate it in order to draw pertinent conclusions, my trilogy provides up-to-date information about the state of the Earth, the oceans, and the effects of climate change on all aspects of our lives. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored and self-correcting. As such, it incorporates critical reasoning (the ability to infer judgements, evaluate and assess) and a moral disposition (willingness to accept new ideas, concepts, and viewpoints). Reading literature enables the teacher/reader to employ both aspects of critical thinking. Because my novels follow a limited number of characters – primarily university students from five different countries (European, American, African and Asian), the story and the challenges are both personal and universal. They are also very real.
Keywords: climate change, critical thinking, moral disposition, personal, universal
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