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
Our italian partners from the Università Roma Tre have participated in the 26th EDEN 2017 Annual Conference – Diversity Matters. The conference was hosted by the Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden, last 25thand 26thof May 2017. In the person of Professor Francesco Agrusti, our team presented the CRITHINKEDU project at the Synergy Session E5, during the last 15th of June 2017.
Our KU Leuven partners, in the person of Professor Jan Elen, did a keynote presentation entitled “Critical Thinking and Teacher Education: a challenge” at the annual meeting of the International Research Association of History and Social Sciences Education (IRAHSSE), during the last 8th of June 2017. You can see the abstract here: http://bit.ly/2saKHLD
Our UTAD coordinators from Portugal have participated in the EDULOG 2017 International Conference – Economic Development in Southern European Regions: Policies and Higher Education. The conference was hosted by the Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal, last 25thand 26thof May 2017. In the person of Professor Caroline Dominguez, our team presented a work entitled “Human Capital, Higher Education and Regional Development in Southern Europe: Should we invest in Critical Thinking across the Higher Education Curricula?”, during the “University-Industry” parallel session. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2r2oPNf.
Our ASE Bucuresti partners from Romania have participated in the 6th Annual Edition of International Conference EdProf 2017 – “Professionalism in education”, held by the Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Bucharest, Romania, last 18th and 19th of May 2017. In the person of Professor Daniela Dumitru, our team presented a work entitled “What employers think about critical thinking? Preliminary research report”. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2rtHwgd.