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

 

Date:

8 April 2019 Monday

Venue:

Republic Polytechnic

Time:

9.00AM to 5.00PM

Closing Date:

26 January 2019 Friday Extended till 22 February 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

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 assessment.

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 assessment 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.