Liberal studies is formally included in the new senior secondary curriculum. Critical thinking, being the core of liberal studies, has therefore received much attention by educators who are enthusiastically exploring the right teaching materials and methods for the subject. In fact, in local tertiary education a significant development of liberal studies (aka “general education” in tertiary institutions) has been taking place for a long time; its well-developed curriculum can indeed serve as a model for secondary schools.
For decades, critical thinking has always been a core course in local tertiary institutions, with huge resources being devoted to its research and development. At this juncture of the implementation of new senior secondary curriculum, it is timely for colleagues of the institutions to share their fruits of teaching and research in the subject. “Critical Thinking: Teaching and Learning”, a conference organized by the Department of Philosophy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, aims at providing a platform for exchange of ideas in this regard. Scholars and experts in the field of general education will present papers, while secondary school teachers are most welcome to participate in the discussion and to share their valuable teaching experience.