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 – 6 Nov 2020 (2 half days)

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:

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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 learn its most important content but also to internalize 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 learn its most important content but also to internalize 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 the development of these traits in the classroom.

 


 

What Participants Say...

  • Helps guide future lesson preparation.
  • I can apply this to my own work.
  • Frames my approach to thinking.
  • It made me re-look at my discipline & how I have been teaching.
  • The central question of the course and the fundamental and powerful concepts of the course are applicable to teaching and encouraging students to think critically.
  • Good introductory to critical thinking.
  • Gave greater insight and to some extent, validate what I am trying to do at the local level.
  • Reframes the way I teach my subject.

 


 

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