Tools for Aligning and Strengthening Critical Thinking Integration within Your Classroom Learning Environment


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Although YOU know that you are teaching for critical thinking, can your students identify what you are doing to foster their higher order thinking skills? The goal of this session is to introduce, discuss, and help you think about ways of applying two short new assessment instruments that are designed to gauge actual or perceived facilitation of critical thinking skills.

Join Il Barrow, i2a specialist for assessment, as he engages you in pinpointing the specific behaviors and strategies that research has shown fosters students’ critical thinking skills. You will learn how these new tools—developed and validated by faculty and staff at UofL—can help you and your students become more aware and purposeful about aligning and strengthening the components of critical thinking in your learning environment.

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

  • Explain the purpose and distinction of the Learning Critical Thinking Inventory and the Teaching Critical Thinking Inventory;
  • Examine existing elements of critical thinking within your classroom learning environment; and
  • Revise your classroom learning environment to align more intentionally with fundamental critical thinking constructs.

Session Date

  • 2/22/2016

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

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Presenter Bio

Il Barrow, M.A. is the i2a specialist for assessment. Prior to this role, Il was the senior institutional research analyst for the University of Louisville’s Office of Academic Planning and Accountability. Il brings to his i2a role an extensive knowledge of national assessment instruments (e.g., NSSE, CIRP, and CAAP), assessment of student learning outcomes, retention studies, and various data analyses related to student success. He also brings wide-ranging experiences in undergraduate teaching, academic advising, and graduate admissions and student services. Il coordinates unit and university i2a assessments.

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