Foundational: An Introduction to The Fundamentals of Critical Thinking & the Art of Instruction
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Foundational: An Introduction to The Fundamentals of

Critical Thinking & the Art of Instruction

 

Date:

2 – 3 Nov 2020 (2 half-days)

Presenter:

Dr. Gerald Noisch, The Foundation for Critical Thinking

Mode of delivery:

via Zoom

Time:

8.30 am to 11.30 am (Singapore time GMT+8)

Closing Date:

16 October 2020 Friday

Fee:

S$350.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$300.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials.

Registration:

Click here to register

Other Information:

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

 

Workshop Description

This is strongly recommended for those who have not previously taken a foundational workshop in critical thinking. It will introduce the basic components of critical thinking, ways to build those components into the design of what you teach, and ways to make that design effective.

We do not understand critical thinking as something additional to content, but rather as integral to it. We focus, therefore, on teaching students to learn not random bits and pieces of information, but systems, organized networks of concepts, active modes of thinking.

After the first introductory session, all sessions are strongly participatory. Participants, sometimes individually, sometimes in groups, will be applying central concepts and processes of critical thinking to their own classes, their own disciplines, with their own students in mind.

(Though the day is divided into four sessions, sometimes a session topic will continue into the following session. Each of the sessions is hands-on, with active participation and guided practice at critical thinking.)

The Foundations of Critical Thinking
This introductory session on critical thinking focuses on three interlocking questions:

  • What is Critical Thinking?
  • What is it to think critically within a field, discipline, or subject matter?
  • Why should we teach for it?

 

The Elements of Reasoning
The elements are the nuts and bolts of critical thinking. They constitute the fundamental means by which one consciously analyzes and understands one's reasoning, or that of another.

  • Participants will use the elements to analyze an important question or problem their students need to think through in their classes.
  • Participants will engage in reflection on how the elements can be used in assessment, in group discussion, in analytic reading, in critical writing, in assignments.

 

The Standards of Critical Thinking
Critical-thinking standards are the fundamental means by which one evaluates one's thinking. That is, they are the standards a person uses to judge how well he or she is thinking something through. They include clarity, accuracy, relevance, precision, depth, and several others. A key to making one's thinking better is to use critical-thinking explicitly.

  • Participants will practice clarifying, using SEE-I as a strategy.
  • Participants will reflect on how they can help students use critical-thinking standards more explicitly and effectively in their work.

 

Teaching Strategies that Foster Critical Thinking
Teaching students to think more critically involves having students actively shouldering the (often) hard work of learning and thus shifting the responsibility for learning from teacher to student.

  • Participants will engage in activities to identify and share strategies for fostering critical thinking and for applying them to their classroom situation.

 


What Participants Said...

  • Concepts are applicable to teaching.
  • Better awareness of CT.
  • New perspectives shared!
  • Steps suggested can be applied to the classroom.
  • Useful to use & develop in students.
  • I have gained knowledge of the intended outcomes of the workshop.
  • I get to reflect on the strategies I can adopt to stretch students’ thinking.
  • Good ideas to introduce to students.
  • To clarify my understanding of applying critical thinking in T&L.

 


 

About the Presenter: Dr. Gerald Nosich

Gerald NoischDr. Gerald Nosich is a noted authority on critical thinking and has given more than 250 workshops on all aspects of teaching critical thinking. Since the mid-1980s he has become committed to teaching critical thinking across the curriculum. He is convinced that the only way for students to learn a subject matter is to think their way through it. He is the author of Reasons and Arguments (Wadsworth, 1982).  His second book, Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.

Dr. Nosich has given workshops for instructors at all levels of education in Singapore, the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Lithuania, Austria, and Germany.  He has worked with the U.S. Department of Education on a project for National Assessment of Higher Order Thinking Skills; given teleconferences sponsored by PBS and Starlink on teaching critical thinking within subject-matter courses; served as a consultant/evaluator for SACS Accreditation of programs at various colleges and universities emphasizing critical thinking; and has been featured as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of numerous articles, audio and video tapes on critical thinking. He has been Assistant Director at the Center for Critical Thinking at Sonoma State University, and is an associate of the Center and the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  Dr. Nosich is Professor Emeritus at Buffalo State College in NY, and Professor Emeritus at the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Nosich has not only focused on teaching critical thinking skills in subject-specific areas, but is also adept at teaching critical thinking across the curriculum.  Dr. Nosich is a witty presenter whose down-to-earth sense of humor adds spice to his practical insights.

Click here to watch Dr Noisch in action