Critical inquiry is an approach whereby the student explores the personal, social, and environmental factors that impact our society. It encourages students to question standard assumptions. Bjarne Bruun Jensen, a SHE researcher, has described critical thinking as one of the five main components of developing students' action competencies1. In 2019, SHE highlighted critical thinking as a key health literacy competency for children in their publication Materials for Teachers. Recently, Australia has included critical inquiry as one of the five key areas in their national health and physical education curriculum.
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1. Bjarne Bruun Jensen & Karsten Schnack (1997) The Action Competence Approach in Environmental Education, Environmental Education Research, 3:2, 163-178, DOI: 10.1080/1350462970030205