Introducing Critical Thinking to Students
Why students struggle with critical thinking and how to introduce the process to students. Open to all faculty, adjunct and full-time.
Date & Time:
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
St. Paul Campus, Anderson Student Center room 202
Central to UST’s mission is the project of preparing students to think critically. But students are often unsure and intimidated when teachers tell them to do this. This workshop focuses on why students struggle with critical thinking and how to introduce the process to students. We will look at what students say helps them learn this skill, how to explain it to them, how to integrate it into classroom activities and syllabi, and how it can be modeled by instructors.
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Stephen Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor and Ireland Endowed Chair at St. Thomas. He has written, co-written or edited eighteen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012). He also won the 1986 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education (AAACE) and the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education, (2013) awarded by the University Professional Continuing Education Association, (UPCEA). His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Farsi, and Albanian.