Linguistics Education and Cognitive Liberation

By Tara Mohanan and KP Mohanan

We concluded the article, “Education and Cognitive Liberation”, with a plea to incorporate deep understanding, critical understanding, critical thinking, and independent inquiry as essential instructional goals — the desired learning outcomes — of education. In this article, we focus on critical understanding as a prerequisite to critical thinking, and explore ways to accomplish such understanding in an introductory course in Syntax, as an example of the ‘liberating’ approach to education in linguistics.

Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash

liberal education linguistics

Linguistics Education and Cognitive Liberation

By Tara Mohanan and KP Mohanan

We concluded the article, “Education and Cognitive Liberation”, with a plea to incorporate deep understanding, critical understanding, critical thinking, and independent inquiry as essential instructional goals — the desired learning outcomes — of education. In this article, we focus on critical understanding as a prerequisite to critical thinking, and explore ways to accomplish such understanding in an introductory course in Syntax, as an example of the ‘liberating’ approach to education in linguistics.

Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash

liberal education linguistics