A UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL WEEK ON CRITICAL THINKING
Save the dates: from 3rd to 7th June 2019
The Erasmus+ project CRITHINKEDU – ‘Critical Thinking Across the European Higher Education Curricula‘ and the Foundation for Critical Thinking (USA) invite you for a unique week on Critical Thinking.
June 3rd: European Summit for Critical Thinking Education
The summit will unite researchers and lecturers from Higher Education Institutions, deans, student support agencies, policymakers and employers eager to invest in critical thinking education. This one-day meeting will challenge participants to take a stance for the future of critical thinking education in Europe. Registration is free of charge but mandatary. You can find more information here.
June 4th to 7th: The 39th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking
For 38 years, the Foundation for Critical Thinking has been working toward the advancement of critical societies. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote essential change in education and society throughout human societies, by cultivating explicit, systematic, fair-minded critical thinking – thinking which embodies intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity and intellectual responsibility. The Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking is the longest running conference on critical thinking in the world. You can find more information here.
Place to be: Leuven, Belgium
The KU Leuven and UCLL host this unique week on CT.
KU Leuven is the oldest university in Flanders. KU Leuven is dedicated to education and research in nearly all fields. Its fifteen faculties offer education, while research activities are organized by the departments and research groups. These faculties and departments, in turn, are clustered into three groups: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), and Biomedical Sciences. Each of these groups has a doctoral school for its doctoral training programmes.
UCLL is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Flanders, Belgium, with campuses in Leuven, Hasselt and Diest. It is a quality-minded institution which offers higher education, research and community service. UCLL organises 18 bachelor programmes and 13 advanced bachelors. It is home for more than 14 500 students. Moving Minds is our philosophy, our way of being. Moving Minds: motivating people and turning ideas into action. Our scope reaches beyond boarders, our mind is open toward what lies ahead, we encourage innovation and the challenging of fossilised systems/systems reluctant to change.
More information regarding the European Summit can be found here.
More information on the Annual International Conference is available at the website of the Foundation for Critical Thinking here.
Our partners from Portugal and Romania participated in the first face-to-face meeting of the OECD project “Fostering and assessing students’ creative and critical thinking skills in teacher education”, held in Paris on the 6th and 7th of September 2018. Launched by the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, the project aims at building an international community of practice around teaching, learning and assessing creativity and critical thinking in higher education. It also aims at promoting quality Critical Thinking and Creativity teaching/learning practices
The meeting had the objective to clarify and share ideas on the project to the delegations gathered from all over the world and to assess their commitment to be full part of the project. Caroline Dominguez, as the Coordinator of the CRITHINKEDU project, shared her reflections to the participants with a presentation entitled “Lessons learnt from the CRITHINKEDU project“. Daniela Dumitru made a presentation entitled “Critical thinking and teaching critical thinking” on the theoretical foundation of the project.
Our team from ASE Bucuresti (Romania) have participated in the XXIV World Congress of Philosophy “Learning To Be Human”. The congress was hosted by the Peking University, Beijing, China, during 13-20 August 2018.
In the person of Professor Daniela Dumitru, the work entitled “The transfer and transferability of critical thinking skills” was presented.
You can find the presentation at https://bit.ly/2x8RlTf
Between the 21st and the 22nd of June 2018, our coordinators from UTAD (Portugal) and partners from UOWM (Greece) and ASE Bucuresti (Romania) chaired a special track in Thessaloniki (Greece). The special track, named “Building Critical Thinking in Higher Education: meeting the challenge”, was realized during the 1st International Conference on Technology and Innovation in Learning, Teaching and Education (TECH-EDU 2018).
Relevant questions were addressed and debated during the 8 different paper presentations. You can find all the published full papers under this special track at our resources page (http://crithinkedu.utad.pt/en/resources/) and the respective presentations at our slideshare (https://www.slideshare.net/crithinkedu).
The project CRITHINKEDU, in partnership with the Foundation for Critical Thinking (USA) will organize an International Conference on Critical Thinking, to be held in Leuven between the 3rd to the 7th of June 2019.
Funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Program, the ‘Critical Thinking Across the European Higher Education Curricula – CRITHINKEDU’ project arises from the background and experience of 11 European Higher Education Institutions, businesses and Non-Governmental Organisations from 9 different countries, and from their ongoing concern to improve the quality of learning in universities across different professional fields. CRITHINKEDU aims to contribute for the solution to today’s societal challenges and will deliver a set of guidelines/recommendations for critical thinking development in Higher Education. The final event of the project is an international seminar for CT during which we will present the results of the project and interact with European policy makers. We are very delighted to announce that this international seminar will take place in close cooperation with the 39th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking organized for the first time in Europe by the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
For 38 years, the Foundation for Critical Thinking has been working toward the advancement of critical societies. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote essential change in education and society throughout human societies, by cultivating explicit, systematic, fairminded critical thinking–thinking which embodies intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity and intellectual responsibility. The Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking is the longest running conference on critical thinking in the world.
Our partners from TEI of Thessaly (Greece) and ASE Bucuresti (Romania) have participated in the International Conference on Mental Health Care – “Mental Health: Global challenges of XXI century”. The conference was hosted by the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management, Ukraine, during 26th and 27th October 2017. In the person of Professor Evangelos Fradelos, our team presented a work entitled “Critical Thinking in Nursing Higher Education: Perceptions and Development. A Qualitative Approach“. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2y12zrO.
Our UTAD coordinators from Portugal have participated in the 39th EAIR Forum Porto 2017 – “Under pressure? Higher education institutions coping with multiple challenges”. The conference was hosted by the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, from 3rd till 6th of September 2017. In the person of Gonçalo Cruz, our team presented a work entitled “CRITHINKEDU: from labor market needs to Critical Thinking across the European Higher Education Curricula“. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2y12zrO.
Our spanish partners from University of Santiago de Compostela have participated in the “Critical Thinking in Higher Education: A closer look at teachers and students” Symposium at the 19th Biennial EARLIConference – “Education in the Crossroads of Economy and Politics – The Role of Research in the Advancement of Public Good” (EARLI 2017). The conference was hosted by the University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland, from 29th August till 2nd September 2017. In the person of Professor María Pilar Jiménez Aleixandre, our team presented a work entitled “Personal or Social Responsibility? Challenging Social Ideas as a Component of Critical Thinking“. This symposium had an invited discussant, Professor Jan Elen from KU Leuven (also member of our team).
Our UTAD coordinators from Portugal have participated in the 4th National Congress of Pedagogical Practices in Higher Education (CNaPPES.17). The congress was hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Setúbal, Portugal, last 13rd and 14th of July 2017. In the person of Gonçalo Cruz, our team presented a work entitled “Critical Thinking in Portuguese Higher Education: a systematic literature review on pedagogical practices and interventions“. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2eQDK9u (only available in Portuguese).
Our italian partners from the Università Roma Tre have participated in the 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’17). The conference was hosted by the the Universitat Politècnica de València, València, Spain, during the last 21st, 22nd and 23rdof June 2017. In the person of Professors Francesco Agrusti and Maria Rosaria Re, our team presented a research paper entitled “Use of webcasting and development of critical thinking skills”. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2tN8jGe