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Critical Thinking: Fundamental and Powerful Concepts

When: Friday, November 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Where: UL 1116

Event Organizer: Lisa Contino



Critical Thinking Workshop Series: Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Teaching

Workshop III. Not All Concepts are Created Equal: Identifying Fundamental and Powerful Concepts and their Corresponding Vocabulary

Presenter: Lisa Contino, Department of Psychology & Center for Teaching and Learning

This is the third of three workshops designed to encourage and support faculty as they experiment with activities and assignments that teach students to think critically about the content of a course using discipline-specific logic. The workshops are based on Gerald Nosich’s approach as described in his book Learning to Think Things Through (4th Ed., Pearson, 2012), which uses the Paul-Elder model of critical thinking as a foundation. Many faculty at IUPUI have attended Dr. Nosich’s workshops (sponsored by the Gateway to Graduation program), and have begun to incorporate the model in their courses. Others who are unfamiliar with this approach can access it via an interactive learning tool. Familiarity with Dr. Nosich’s book would prepare workshop participants to get the most out of this series. All are welcome. Bring course materials, e.g., syllabus and a few course assignments/activities.

The first and second workshops in the series are:

Workshop I. Jump into the Deep End: Getting Started in the Classroom, Friday, September 21, 10-11:30, CE 306

Workshop II. What Would a Student Ask? Identifying Essential Questions, Friday, October 19, 10-11:30, UL 1126

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