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ACARA Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Critical and creative thinking

Organising elements

The Critical and creative thinking learning continuum is organised into four interrelated elements, each detailing differing aspects of thinking. The elements are not a taxonomy of thinking. Rather, each makes its own contribution to learning and needs to be explicitly and simultaneously developed.

  • Inquiring – identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas
  • Generating ideas, possibilities and actions
  • Reflecting on thinking and processes
  • Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures

The diagram below sets out these elements.

Organising elements for Critical and creative thinking

Organising elements for Critical and creative thinking