Teaching Students to Think Through the Content of the Course or Discipline
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Teaching Students to Think Through

the Content of the Course or Discipline

Date:

5 April 2019 Friday

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

Learning to grasp, think through, and understand deeply the content of a course or class, both theoretically and empirically, within a discipline is essential not only to learning its most important content but also to internalizing it as a dimension of lifelong thinking and learning. Students should enter each course, therefore, prepared to internalize theory as well as to analyze and evaluate information.

Unfortunately, we know all-too-well that students are not so prepared, but look to us to spoon-feed them "important" bits and pieces of stuff to memorize for the test. Few students know how to isolate, or learn, important theories or important data. In this workshop, participants will learn how to put these two important dimensions of thought into a discipline-comprehensive perspective, design assignments, and foster student self-assessment in these important modalities of thought.-

Teaching Students to Think Theoretically and Empirically
(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.)

Critical Thinking in the Discipline or subject Matter (two sessions)
Learning to grasp, think through, and understand deeply the content of a course or class, both theoretically and empirically, within a discipline is essential not only to learning its most important content but also to internalizing it as a dimension of lifelong thinking and learning. Students should enter each course, therefore, prepared to internalize theory as well as to analyze and evaluate information.

This session focuses on how to help students learn to think critically within and about a discipline, field, or subject matter. In these sessions, participants will work on:
• Identifying fundamental and powerful concepts in their disciplines, and then on reflecting on how that may suggest changes in teaching strategies
• Restructuring the concepts and ideas in their courses based on the fundamental and powerful concepts they have identified.
• Identifying the central question in a content-course they teach.

Obstacles to Critical Thinking in a Discipline
• Identifying some of the main obstacles or challenges to critical thinking in our students and ourselves.
• Constructing strategies for addressing these obstacles.

The Affective Dimension of Critical Thinking.
Developing and using critical thinking skills in a discipline involves cultivating intellectual traits of mind, such as intellectual humility, intellectual courage, and intellectual perseverance. In this session, participants will
• Work on gaining a deeper understanding of these traits.
• Identify some of the consequences these traits have for learning and thinking in a discipline or content area.
• Generate strategies to promote development of these traits in the classroom.