Applying Critical Thinking And Analytical Reasoning To Civic

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Applying Critical Thinking And Analytical Reasoning To Civic

  1. 1. APPLYING CRITICAL THINKING AND ANALYTICAL REASONING TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT<br />LINKING THEORY & PRACTICE<br />
  2. 2. Application of classroom theory to community engagement<br />Applying basic concepts to community action<br />Relating these concept to community interests<br />
  3. 3. Applying skills learned in classroom to community engagement<br />Relating methodology to community needs<br />Working with data to assist community<br />Pairing classes with appropriate community organizations<br />
  4. 4. Instructor’s role in preparing students for community outreach<br />Helps students gain proper skills for service-learning and community-based research<br />Provides a classroom setting for students to share their community outreach experiences and relate them to course objectives and readings<br />
  5. 5. Civic engagement adds value and meaning to learning<br />students sharpen critical thinking skills by applying classroom knowledge<br />reflective journals enhance learning<br />classroom presentations empower students<br />
  6. 6. Civic engagement responds to community needs<br />Student and instructor seek appropriate community partner<br />Community partner identifies and prioritizes community needs<br />Civic engagement project is designed to respond to those needs<br />
  7. 7. Critical thinking leads to critical dialogue<br />Students use their critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills to engage in serious dialogue with community members related to issues of importance to the community<br />The dialogue enables both students and community representatives to reflect on the feedback from one another and enhance their understanding of each other’s positions.<br />
  8. 8. Students bond with community<br />realize that they learn from the community<br />students become better listeners as they open themselves to the knowledge, and perhaps wisdom, of community members.<br />
  9. 9. Civic engagement & self-reflection<br />Students self-reflect based on community response to their service-learning and community-based research<br />Students self-reflect as they write weekly journals and assess their experiences in the community, and ask themselves questions about their community interaction<br />
  10. 10. Solving problems with civic engagement<br />students work with community members to study issues of importance to community<br />students engage in problem-solving to find solutions related to these issues<br />
  11. 11. Relating the cognitive to the affective <br />students develop understanding of community’s challenges<br />students relate to the feelings of community members and strengthen their level of compassion<br />
  12. 12. Cooperative learning through civic engagement<br />Students become partners with the community in gaining understanding of the dimensions of a problem or issue<br />Students partner with the community in designing strategies for addressing issues and resolving a problem.<br />
  13. 13. Civic engagement and self-confidence<br />Students build self-confidence as the community accepts them as a partner<br />Students build self-confidence as they see progress in addressing an issue and working to resolve a problem<br />Students gain a greater sense of empowerment as they see themselves as change agents<br />
  14. 14. Evolution of student service-learning experience<br />Service-learning experience evolves together with critical thinking and analytical reasoning abilities<br />New service-learning settings build on previous civic engagement and demand new or refined critical thinking skills.<br />
  15. 15. Students become more versatile by working in multiple contexts<br />They become more adaptable to unexpected and changing conditions<br />They are more likely to abandon preconceived attitudes and approaches to problems<br />The greater open-mindedness facilitates critical thinking and analytical reasoning<br />
  16. 16. Civic engagement and engaged scholarship<br />Civic engagement prepares students to undertake scholarly research based on their interaction with the community and data they collect<br />The research lends itself to publication in growing numbers of journals related to community outreach.<br />
  17. 17. Value of community-based research to the Community<br />Assists community organization in documenting its records<br />Strengthens community grant proposals by documenting needs<br />Establishes a historical record<br />Provides a basis for publication <br />
  18. 18. Sustainability of civic engagement projects<br />many students bond with the community organization they are serving and continue to work with the organization beyond the time they receive classroom credit<br />this bonding can further enhance student critical thinking and problem-solving skills and can lead to employment opportunities with the organization and an enhanced portfolio<br />
  19. 19. Applying civic engagement to daily life<br />Civic engagement experiences have a continual effect on the students, encouraging critical thinking and questioning related to everyday challenges<br />Critical thinking and analytical skills once put into practice are accessible beyond any given project or relationship<br />
  20. 20. Civic engagement and professional advancement<br />Civic engagement strengthens a student’s portfolio for application to graduate and professional school<br />Civic engagement strengthens a student’s portfolio for employment<br />Civic engagement strengthens student skills for a variety of careers<br />

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