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:

4 April 2019 Thursday

Presenter:

Dr Gerald Noisch, The Foundation for Critical Thinking

Venue:

Republic Polytechnic

Time:

9.00AM to 5.00PM

Closing Date:

26 January 2019 Friday Extended till 1 March 2019 Friday

Fee:

S$550.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$500.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, 2 tea breaks and a lunch.

Registration:

Click here to register for the workshop

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.