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Challenging Assumptions and Faulty Mental Sets

Why Do First-Year Students Identify a Mooing Cow as a ‘Doggie’?


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Are you interested in connecting with presenter(s) and other participants? The room and presenter(s) will be available until 1:30 p.m. Feel free to stay, exchange ideas, and ask questions.

Have you noticed that students often bring faulty mental models and disciplinary misinformation to your classroom? New information alone will not correct misconceptions, so educators need tools for deliberately addressing these issues. In this session, Dr. Edna Ross will share strategies for challenging the erroneous mental models of first-year students. The Intellectual Traits from the Paul-Elder framework of critical thinking will be presented as a tool students can use for thinking about college, your discipline, and about their daily lives in more cognitively complex ways.



As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify research findings on student faulty mental models;
  • Discuss and generate practices for correcting faulty mindsets; and
  • Engage in identifying how the Paul-Elder framework of critical thinking can be used as a tool to help students to re-structure their thinking .

Session Date

  • 10/2/2015

    Friday, 12–1 p.m.
    Delphi Center Lab

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Presenter Bio

Edna Ross, Ph.D., has been with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences since 1984. She is associate professor and co-course director for the department’s Introduction to Psychology course and teaches this popular course with enrollments of several hundred students. Dr. Ross has been nominated as a Faculty Favorite and received the A&S; Outstanding Faculty Award. She holds a joint appointment with the Delphi Center and serves as the i2a specialist for critical thinking.

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