UTS Student/Australian College of Theology Student

Identifying Dispositions, the Importance of Dispositions and their Role upon Critical Thinking, with Particular attention to those which bear directly upon Pastoral Ministry and Theology

Presentation Abstract

Critical thinking is listed amongst desirable graduate attributes for various higher education institutions and numerous professions, including those of a pastoral nature. Critical thinking, together with problem solving, are hailed as essential skills and abilities needed to navigate and negotiate the dynamic contemporary environment. Following John Dewey’s work on the intellectual notions of critical thinking, Robert Ennis developed this further by placing emphasis upon the notions of critical thinking dispositions. Ennis contested that moral integrity did not feature in Dewey’s intellectual notions of critical thinking, and without recourse to a moral compass, this may prove remiss. This paper identifies dispositions, the role of dispositions upon critical thinking, and arguing the importance, in particular, of those which bear directly upon the godly practical outworking of Pastoral Ministry and Theology.