Critical Thinking and the Process of Assessment
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Critical Thinking and the Process of Assessment

 

Dates:

19 - 20 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

We focus on the process of assessment: how to use it effectively ourselves and how to teach students to use it. We emphasize the general logic of all assessments.

To assess, we need a purpose, an object (something to be assessed), criteria of assessment, facts about our object, and judgments about our object based on the purpose, criteria, and facts. In the workshop, we will look at various forms of assessment in use.
Assessment is a process crucial to critical thinking and to successful teaching and learning. Learning to think critically is learning to assess our own thinking and improving our thinking as a result of that assessment. When we teach well, we use assessments for multiple purposes.

Our knowledge of the process of assessment can enable us to better assess classroom design, modes of testing, standardized tests, student performances, the thinking of students, the modeling of thinking, students' learning of content, students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and students' assessment of their own work. All of these dimensions of assessment will be covered in this workshop.

(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.)

Participants will learn how to make better assessment decisions. The result will be higher quality assessment both in our teaching and in student learning.

Introduction: The Concept of Critical Thinking Assessment

  • What, how, and why are we assessing?
  • What are the challenges in constructing valid critical thinking assessments?

 

Assessing students' thinking using the standards of critical thinking
Participants will

  • construct instruments for assessing students' critical thinking in their classes.
  • scoring student responses using the standards of critical thinking.

 

Central reasoning assessments
How can I assess my students' ability to reason through the most central aspects of thinking critically about and within a discipline or subject matter? Topics will include

  • Assessment using fundamental & powerful concepts.
  • Assessment of student reasoning through central questions of a course
  • Creating and assessing a model student essay.

 

Assessing students critical thinking skills using the elements of reasoning

  • Participants will use the elements to construct assessment questions and activities that apply both to teaching and to student learning.

 


 

What Participants Said...

  • The strategies provided are applicable back in school.
  • Much of what is taught is directly relevant for General Paper. Gives me a clearer idea of how to help scaffold students to think critically when doing project work.
  • Useful information.
  • Theoretical underpinnings.
  • It gave me an idea of how quick feedback can be given to encourage critical thinking.
  • The resources and content are helpful.
  • I have a better understanding of the standards and elements of thought in critical thinking.
  • Applicable to how I design assessment strategies.
  • The Thinker Guides provided are very useful.
  • Learned to craft clear student objectives.
  • Helps me reflect on my own teaching practices.
  • Practical tips that can be used in class.

 


 

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