Our TEI of Thessaly partners from Greece, in the person of Professors Ioanna V. Papathanasiou and Evangelos C. Fradelos, have organized a workshop on “Critical Thinking and Nursing Practice – Challenges and Perspectives”, last 9th November 2017, at Larissa, Greece, during the 18th PanHellenic Nursing Conference of PASYNO. This workshop were targeted for Health Professionals, Health Educators and Health Administrators. You can see the workshop materials here: http://bit.ly/2mi3wHo (only available in Greek).
Our partners from Belgium (KULeuven and UCLL) and Portugal (UTAD) have organized two lunch discussions in their institutions with the topic “Fostering critical thinking of students – how would you do it?”. These initiatives had the goal to stimulate reflections among the different teaching faculty on how to foster critical thinking of students. That students learn to think critically is desirable. However, sometimes it is questionable whether we succeed in meeting our expectations. How do we determine if students think critically? Do students get sufficient opportunities to learn how to handle problems in a critical manner and how they can have a critical view on the world around them? What do I do as a teacher to support their development?
These and other questions were discussed with around 80 teachers that have participated in both institutions. Furthermore, the project CRITHINKEDU and the main results achieved within the first and second intellectual outputs were presented. The two events were undoubtedly very enriching moments of mutual knowledge and sharing. It is extremely comforting to see and feel that there are many colleagues interested and committed to the quality of Critical Thinking Education in our institutions. We hope that this was just the kickoff of a great journey together!
Partners gathered in Santiago de Compostela, from the 9th to the 11th November, for the third transnational meeting of the project.
The agenda included the conclusion of the first two intellectual outputs of CRITHINKEDU:
- OUTPUT 1 – The “European Inventory of Critical Thinking skills and dispositions for the 21st century” proposal;
- OUTPUT 2 – The “Preliminary guidelines for quality-assurance criteria in CT education” proposal.
The full documents will be available soon at the website.
The meeting was also an opportunity to work on the training course for higher education teachers proposal, which will happen in Rome, the next January, hosted by ROMA-TRE partners; and to start the preparation of the CT Bootcamps for students.
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.