Professor Karl Wirth
Associate Professor of Geology
Teaching For Critical Thinking in an Age of Alternative Facts and Fake News
Most faculty agree that critical thinking is an essential goal of undergraduate education. Yet, despite some evidence that students make modest gains in critical thinking during college, many employers report that recent graduates do not have the critical thinking skills needed for modern work. Technology gives us access to seemingly endless amounts of information, but a recent study found that students have a “dismaying inability to tell fake news from real.”
The goal of this workshop is to explore ways for being more explicit about what we mean by critical thinking and how to teach it. After an introduction to critical thinking, participants will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a common language for critical thinking. Several different instructional activities, ranging in duration from short in-class assignments to multi-week projects, will serve as examples of ways to explicitly teach the elements and standards of thinking. Time for individual and group reflection will provide opportunities for adapting, designing, and developing new instructional activities.
March 10, 2017
Two sessions 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 1 to 3 p.m.
RSVP by March 3 to Gina Signorello at firstname.lastname@example.org