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Presented as an Indiana Wesleyan University faculty development required session at Midwest Scholars Conference 2009

Presented as an Indiana Wesleyan University faculty development required session at Midwest Scholars Conference 2009

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Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource (MSC 2009) Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource (MSC 2009) Presentation Transcript

  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource Presented by Mark Eutsler Midwest Scholars Conference 2009
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as Steward of Inherent Ability
    • CT as an Intellectual Virtue
    • CT as an Intellectual Discipline
    • CT and Educational Integrity
    • CT as a Learning Tool
    • CT as a Reasoning Gateway
    • CT as a Substantive Discovery Key
    • CT as a Collaborative Learning Catalyst
    • CT’s Essentiality to Change
    • CT as Accelerator of Change
    • CT as an Intentional Destiny
    • CT as Literacy
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as Steward of Inherent Ability
    • Having command of standards
    • Teachers pose questions which probe thinking
    • Questions become infused in the thinking of students
    • (Paul and Elder 1996)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as an Intellectual Virtue
    • Consciousness to treat all viewpoints alike
    • Not referencing one’s own environment
    • Not referencing one’s own advantage
    • (Foundation for Critical Thinking 1996)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as an Intellectual Discipline
    • An active and skillful process
    • Based on universal intellectual values
    • Transcends subject matter divisions
    • (Scrivin and Paul)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as Educational Integrity
    • Need to develop networks
    • Reform must be advanced simultaneously
    • There is a role for everyone
    • (California Department of Education 1993)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as a Learning Tool
    • Ancient roots
    • Confused meanings
    • People in high position might be confused
    • (Paul, Elder, Bartell 1997)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as a Reasoning Gateway
    • Most fundamental concern is excellence of thought
    • Quality of thinking affects quality of lives
    • Everyone can learn how to continually improve
    • (Paul and Willsen 1997)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as a Substantive Discovery Key
    • Thought expresses preference
    • Thought establishes fact
    • Thought discerns best practice
    • (Paul and Elder 1999)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as a Collaborative Learning Catalyst
    • Education is preparation for knowledge
    • Education is impartation of knowledge
    • Education depends upon learning readiness
    • (Paul 1996)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT’s Essentiality to Change
    • Deep change takes time
    • Deep change is not of this world
    • Deep change is, nevertheless, possible
    • (Foundation for Critical Thinking 2004)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as Accelerator of Change
    • Traditional attempts do not prepare us
    • Teaching how to think, an educational imperative
    • No choice in facing accelerating change
    • (Willsen 1995)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as Intentional Destiny
    • Quality of life linked to quality of thinking
    • Dysfunctional practices avoid problem facing
    • Absurdity of dysfunctionality must be faced
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT as Literacy
    • Sound thinking is practical
    • In all fields, sound thinking enhances outcomes
    • Poor thinking wastes and frustrates
    • (Elder and Paul 2004)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • Universal Intellectual Standards
    • Clarity
    • Accuracy
    • Precision
    • Depth
    • Breadth
    • Logic
    • (Paul and Elder 1996)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • Putting CT into instructional reflection … action … dynamism
    • Teacher Learning Audit
    • Classroom Critical Reflection Questionnaire
    • Teacher Reflective Questionnaire
    • Teacher Personal Assumptions Inventory
    • Critical Thinking Questioning Check List
    • (Adapted from Brookfield 1995)
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • CT Check List
    • Epistemological Questions (finding out how an author comes to know that something is true).
    • Experiential Questions (demystifying academic texts and bringing them closer to home—hitting the “relevancy target”).
    • Communicative Questions (focusing on maters of form, style, and presentation— may seem apolitical and superficial)
    • Political Questions (discovering whose interests are served and how those interests are stifling or animating efforts to create a more compassionate and just society).
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • Teacher Reflective Inventory
    • What am I proudest of in my work as a facilitator?
    • What would I like my students to say about me when I’m out of the room?
    • What do I most need to learn about in my teaching?
    • What do I worry most about in my work as a facilitator?
    • When do I know I’ve done good work?
    • What’s the mistake I’ve made from which I’ve learned the most?
  • Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
    • Teacher Personal Assumptions Inventory
    • I feel best about my work when …
    • I feel worse about my work when …
    • The last time I saw really good teaching was when …
    • The best learning experience I’ve ever seen students involved in was when …
    • To Receive
    • Teacher Learning Audit
    • Classroom Critical Reflection Questionnaire
    • Teacher Reflective Questionnaire
    • Teacher Personal Assumptions Inventory
    • Critical Thinking Questioning Check List
    • Presentation Notes
    • Works Cited
    • E-mail mark.eutsler@agsfaculty.indwes.edu
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