Chapter 7. Is Popper's Falsificationist Heuristic a Helpful Resource for Developing Critical Thinking?

  1. Mark Mason Associate Professor Director Regional Editor President Programme Chair
  1. Chi-Ming Lam PhD Faculty

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306774.ch7

Critical Thinking and Learning

Critical Thinking and Learning

How to Cite

Lam, C.-M. (2008) Is Popper's Falsificationist Heuristic a Helpful Resource for Developing Critical Thinking?, in Critical Thinking and Learning (ed M. Mason), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306774.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Author Information

  1. Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181075

Online ISBN: 9781444306774

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Keywords:

  • Popper's Falsificationist Heuristic;
  • three core concepts of critical rationalism;
  • Popper's concept of critical rationalism;
  • stratagems opposed to criticism;
  • Popper's three approaches working against criticism - essentialism, instrumentalism, and conventionalism;
  • bias towards confirmation - pervasiveness and various guises of the confirmation bias;
  • teacher's role in undermining strength and spread of confirmation bias;
  • Can students be taught to falsify? - scientists having difficulty in disconfirmatory reasoning;
  • influence of complexity of problem

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Three Core Concepts of Critical Rationalism

  • Stratagems Opposed to Criticism

  • A Bias Towards Confirmation

  • Can Students Be Taught to Falsify?

  • Should Students Be Taught to Falsify?

  • Conclusion

  • References