Helping students to think critically is at the heart of the mission of St. Thomas. In a new series of three workshops – "Essentials of Teaching for Critical Thinking" – Distinguished University Professor Stephen Brookfield will draw on his new book, Teaching for Critical Thinking, to explore what critical thinking comprises and how it can be developed.
Thursday, Feb. 9
The first "Essentials of Teaching for Critical Thinking" workshop will review the different intellectual traditions informing how critical thinking is understood and will introduce teaching approaches to foster critical thinking.
Thursday, March 8
Brookfield will review how critical thinking can be integrated into both discussion-based and lecture-based classrooms, and he will introduce specific dialogic activities to help students broaden their perspectives.
Thursday, April 12
The final workshop will focus on writing critically and will address how students can be taught to understand what it means to do a critical analysis of literature. The session also will cover how course reading can be integrated into classroom processes.
Each workshop can be taken as a stand-alone session, or the three can be taken as an integrated sequence. Faculty attending at least two of the sessions will receive a copy of Teaching for Critical Thinking. All three sessions will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 155, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.