KATJA’S WORLD GAME: AN ALTERNATIVE WAY FOR READERS/STUDENTS TO THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS

  

Jane Ekstam

Professor of English Literature, Østfold University College, Norway

 

Abstract

My forthcoming trilogy on climate change is designed as a basis for discussion in high-schools, colleges and universities. Based on the idea that a critical thinker is one who formulates relevant questions and is capable of accumulating information from which to draw relevant conclusions (Paul and Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools), I shall discuss the first novel in my trilogy, Katja’s World Game (to be published in 2021). I hope to demonstrate how literature enables a critical thinker to accept alternative systems of thought and communicate these in order to find a viable solution. In the case of my trilogy, the solution is a compromise that provides a better, safer and healthier future. It also entails sacrifices that are not accepted by all. Since not everyone can be saved, Katja and her group are presented with major moral dilemmas.

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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DOI: https://doi.org/10.46529/socioint.202147

CITATION:Abstracts & Proceedings of SOCIOINT 2021- 8th International Conference on Education and Education of Social Sciences, 14-15 June 2021

ISBN: 978-605-06286-2-3