Didactic model based on principles of critical thinking

Irina Kazuša (Coresponding Author)

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In Rīga Stradiņš University chemistry study process is developed by researching different pedagogical approaches and didactic models and their application methods in order to filter out the least effective ones. The aim of this research is the development of a didactic model of the medical chemistry course. As a result of this research, it was concluded that the most suitable didactic model is the one based on principles of critical thinking. Critical thinking principles behind this didactic model are purposefulness, information selection and analysis, critical reading and note-making, fundamental regularity spotting and awareness of one's own knowledge limitations. These principles raise their level of individual work culture by emphasizing responsibility for their choices and decisions are taken and also develop dialogue culture and tolerant attitude towards others. Suitability of methods based on critical thinking principles and their combinations depend on reachable goals. Reading, lectures, and the use of online resources are effective for obtaining knowledge, solving problems and involving students in the cognition process but are less suitable for developing skills and gaining experience. Discussions and practical exercises, on the other hand, are suitable for gaining study experience and developing skills and reflection. By mastering critical thinking principles, students learn to understand the specific situation from different aspects, to generalize and to carry over understanding from familiar situations to new.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība = Society. Integration. Education
Subtitle of host publicationstarptautiskās zinātniskās konferences materiāli = proceedings of the international scientific conference
EditorsVelta Lubkina, Alens Indriksons
Place of PublicationRēzekne
PublisherRēzeknes Tehnoloģiju akadēmija
Volume1: Augstākā izglītība
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020
EventInternational Scientific Conference “Society. Integration. Education: Sabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība”, 2020 - Rēzekne, Latvia
Duration: 22 May 202023 May 2020

Publication series

NameSociety. Integration. Education=Sabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība
PublisherRezekne Academy of Technologies
ISSN (Print)1691-5887
ISSN (Electronic)2256-0629


ConferenceInternational Scientific Conference “Society. Integration. Education: Sabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība”, 2020
Internet address


  • critical thinking principles
  • higher education didactics
  • pedagogic methods

Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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