The barriers to developing critical thinking in life and earth sciences curricula in Tunisia

Adel Atig and Atf Azzouna

African Educational Research Journal
Published: April 4 2017
Volume 5, Issue 2
Pages 91-98


The purpose of this research is to analyze the life and earth science curricula in Tunisia in order to determine its characteristics and to know if it really helps to develop critical thinking as it is claimed in curriculum documents. In this analysis, the authors applied the revised Bloom's taxonomy. The results show that curriculum authors ignore the more complex cognitive processes and the most abstract knowledge, which leads to imagine that there is a barrier to encountering the higher levels which makes it impossible to develop critical thinking among students.

Keywords: Curriculum analysis, Bloom’s revised taxonomy, critical thinking.

Full Text PDF