With more than 200 participants from around 33 countries of all the 6 continents of the globe, the First European Summit for Critical Thinking Education was hosted by our partners from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) on the 3rd of June 2019 in Leuven, Belgium.
With different practical activities, the summit started with an official opening reflection on the need and importance of critical thinking for today’s societies and higher education institutions by the Head of the UCLL, Marc Vandewalle. The second session, led by Professors Caroline Dominguez (UTAD) and Jan Elen (KU Leuven), intended to briefly present the CRITHINKEDU project and the CRITHINKEDU educational protocol to the audience, the last one as a guiding tool to implement critical thinking educational practices within higher education institutions. Followed a keynote speech intitled “Critical Thinking: Avoiding the pitfalls and glimpsing the possibilities” was addressed by the Emeritus Professor of the University College London (UK), Ronald Barnett.
Thirteen workshops prepared by the CRITHINKEDU partners were distributed in two parallel sessions. Participants had the opportunity to carry-out different type of activities (debates, hands-on, presentations, etc.) on specific topics related to critical thinking education like: the use of case studies for critical thinking development, the design of effective learning environments, the relation between critical thinking and information literacy, among others. A final keynote speech entitled “Embracing Universal Principles of Critical Thinking Across Education to Advance Human Societies” was addressed by Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Gerald Nosich the Critical Thinking Foundation (USA).
The summit ended by different representatives from labor market, universities, policy agencies and other associations (OECD, UNESCO, among others) taking a stance for the future of critical thinking in Higher Education in Europe. They were challenged to present the reasons behind their signature of the “Manifesto on Critical Thinking Education”, a practical and very short version of the CRITHINKEDU educational protocol. They were followed by the participants of the audience. You can read the manifesto and decide to join the many who have already signed it at https://www.petitions.net/manifesto_on_critical_thinking_education
The different presentations of the parallel sessions will be available soon in our website at http://crithinkedu.utad.pt/en/presentations/
You can see some photos of the summit in our Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2ERTKFI.
We want to thank all the cooperation and effort of the different participants, invited speakers, partners responsible for the parallel sessions and local organizers who turned this day into a successful event, gathering in Europe the community interested in the field of critical thinking education. A special thanks to the Foundation of Critical Thinking (USA) which joined us in the organization of this event and which moved its 39th International Conference to Leuven this year. This allowed many participants to spend a whole week (summit + conference) reflecting on “critical thinking” important matters.
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The CRITHINKEDU Team
Our team from ASE Bucuresti (Romania) has participated in the 6th International Conference on Education and Social Sciences (INTCESS 2019). The conference was hosted at the Atana Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during 4-6 February 2019.
In the person of Professor Daniela Dumitru, the work entitled “Arts and Humanities as a source of Critical Thinking Development” was presented.
You can find the full version of the paper at https://bit.ly/2TsDgs9
Two of the world’s greatest experts in Critical Thinking, Linda Elder & Gerald Nosich, Senior Fellows of the Critical Thinking Foundation, USA, will be with us giving a keynote during the 1st European Summit for Critical Thinking Education:
Embracing Universal Principles of Critical Thinking Across Education to Advance Human Societies
The history of critical thinking reaches back to the time of Socrates, who attempted to develop universal principles of thought that could be applied across all human reasoning. Yet it wasn’t until the late 20th century that an explicit set of principles began to emerge in the field of critical thinking studies, largely based in the original thinking of Richard Paul (1937-2015), philosopher and eminent critical thinking authority.
These principles are essential to reasoning with skill and discipline within any domain of human thought. In this keynote address, by two of the world’s leading authorities on critical thinking, you will be introduced to some of these basic principles – namely focused on how to analyze thinking, how to assess it, and how to develop and foster intellectual virtues or dispositions.
At present, the foundations of critical thinking are largely ignored in schooling at all levels (despite educators’ many claims to the contrary); yet if we are to cultivate fairminded critical societies in the long term, ethical, or strong sense, critical thinking will eventually become central in the human conversation, and will be held up as an integrated set of values for all governments, schools, colleges, universities, military institutions, businesses, indeed all people, to embrace. It is essential for educators across the world to take the lead in this endeavor, embracing authentic, robust critical thinking as essential within their fields and therefore central to their instruction.
Don’t miss Linda and Gerald’s keynote! Register until May the 24th, 2019 (free of charge, but mandatory). You can find the registration form here: https://www.ucll.be/summitforcte
Check the full program at: http://crithinkedu.utad.pt/en/europeansummit-program/
One of the world’s greatest experts in Critical Thinking, Ron Barnett, Emeritus Professor at the University College London, UK, will be with us giving a keynote during the 1st European Summit for Critical Thinking Education:
Critical Thinking: Avoiding the pitfalls and glimpsing the possibilities
Most – though not all – are in favour of critical thinking but there is no consensus as to what is to count as critical thinking and it has become a contested concept: is it (a) an ease in certain kinds of logical argumentation? Is it (b) a matter of the skills involved in evaluating theories and evidence within a discipline? Is it (c) an ability to identify and to call out ‘fake news’ in the wider society? Is it (d) a propensity to spot and to be critical of inefficient work practices? Is it (e) a disposition to be self-critical and so exhibit what, for many, exemplifies a genuinely higher education? Is it (f) a willingness and the courage to hold the powerful – including the state if necessary – to account? These are profoundly different understandings of critical thinking and they spring from correspondingly different value positions as to the purposes of higher education. What, then, does it mean to incorporate critical thinking into higher education? In my talk, I want to discern pitfalls that lie ahead, in steering between the many different interpretations and purposes. There are a number of key distinctions that need to be made – for example, is critical thinking mainly a matter of attending to the curriculum (what is taught?) or to pedagogy (how is a programme of studies to be taught?). These are no merely technical considerations for the educational specialists but are crucial in bringing off new possibilities for critical thinking that may be emerging in the twenty-first century.
Don’t miss Ron Barnett’s keynote! Register until May the 24th, 2019 (free of charge, but mandatory). You can find the registration form here: https://www.ucll.be/summitforcte
Check the full program at: http://crithinkedu.utad.pt/en/europeansummit-program/
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.