Building Better Thinkers

Modeling and Coaching the Intellectual Habits of Mind You Value Most

The ability to intellectually persevere while working on cognitively difficult or complex problems is a hallmark of a critical thinker. Intellectual perseverance is also one of the eight Intellectual Traits of a critical thinker, according to the Paul-Elder critical thinking framework. In this session, you will explore the eight Intellectual Traits with the goal of identifying two or three “habits of mind” that you desire to cultivate in your students. You will reflect on how you might adjust your course structure, outcomes or teaching strategies to foster key traits in your students. You will look at examples of how other faculty at UofL are putting the Traits front and center with their students. You will engage in a self-assessment, reflective activities and discussion as part of this session.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the eight Intellectual Traits as defined in the Paul-Elder critical thinking framework
  • Explore, and reflect upon, how you can explicitly model and promote the “habits of mind” with your students and review examples of this work from your peers
  • Develop and discuss new strategies and activities that might support the development of Intellectual Traits in your students

  • 2/13/2014

    Thursday, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Delphi Center, Room 244
    Ekstrom Library

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Presenter Bio

Nisha Gupta, Ph.D., is the i2a specialist for culminating experiences. Prior to this position, she was the associate director for professional development programs of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. She comes to Ideas to Action with a background in curricular design, teaching and learning, and Women and Gender studies.

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