Setting the Stage for Critical Thinking
Introducing, Practicing, and Promoting Connections across Domains with your Students
This session will help instructors develop their students' awareness and appreciation of critical thinking as a desired skill set that must be developed over time and across domains. Participants will try out new tools and strategies to engage with a critical thinking framework to help them talk about, practice, and promote critical thinking in their discipline or course. This session will also explore the value of instructors talking explicitly about critical thinking with students while also helping students make connections in their thinking across courses and other areas of their lives. This session will be led by a seasoned faculty member and a UofL Honors student who will together share insights and ideas from their own experiences in "setting the stage for critical thinking" with students and colleagues.
After attending this session, participants will:
- Discover the value of explicitly teaching critical thinking as a skill set
- Practice using new tools and strategies to engage with a critical thinking framework and connect these tools to their own discipline or course
- Explore how instructors can help students identify their own developmental stages as a critical thinker in the various domains of the lives
02/22/2013Friday, 12:00—2:00 p.m.Delphi Center Lab
Rhonda Orman is a Liberal Studies major with concentrations in sociology and psychology with a minor in communications. In addition to being a full-time student, she is employed at Jefferson Community and Technical College in the Business Affairs Department. Among coordinating other departmental staff training, she recently participated in developing and facilitating a yearlong staff training initiative utilizing the Paul/Elder Critical Thinking Elements Wheel focused on developing critical thinking skills.
Edna Ross, Ph.D., has been with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville since 1984. She is associate professor and co-course director for the department's "Introduction to Psychology" course and routinely teaches this 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.