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Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource Presented by Mark Eutsler Midwest Scholars Conference...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as Steward of Inherent Ability </li></ul><...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as Steward of Inherent Ability </li></ul><...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as an Intellectual Virtue </li></ul><ul><l...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as an Intellectual Discipline </li></ul><u...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as Educational Integrity </li></ul><ul><li...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as a Learning Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Ancie...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as a Reasoning Gateway </li></ul><ul><li>M...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as a Substantive Discovery Key </li></ul><...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as a Collaborative Learning Catalyst </li>...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT’s Essentiality to Change </li></ul><ul><li...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as Accelerator of Change </li></ul><ul><li...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as Intentional Destiny </li></ul><ul><li>Q...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT as Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Sound thinki...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>Universal Intellectual Standards  </li></ul><...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>Putting CT into instructional reflection … ac...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>CT Check List </li></ul><ul><li>Epistemologic...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>Teacher Reflective Inventory </li></ul><ul><l...
Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource <ul><li>Teacher Personal Assumptions Inventory </li><...
<ul><li>To Receive </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Learning Audit </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Critical Reflection Questionnaire ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Enhancing Student Critical Thinking as an Interdisciplinary Resource (MSC 2009)

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

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