How to promote a critical use of technology and creativity within school and museum educational context?
It was the question that Italian team discussed with 19 participants from different backgrounds (primary and secondary school teachers, museum operators, educators and university students) in Rome, Italy. It emerged during the “Thinkering” workshop, organized by the University of Roma Tre team at Palazzo delle Esposizioni on the 29th of March 2019.
The workshop was composed by theoretical moments, practical activities, individual and group teaching and learning experiences. The Thinkering method consists in a new way of teaching science through play, making and creating objects. The everyday materials become precious tools to understand the world of science, mathematics and technology, a way to learn to “think with your own hands”.
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
How do we understand the world around us?
It was the question that Greek team discussed with 96 student teachers of the University of Western Macedonia (UOWM), 8 administrative staff members of Educational Organizations and 12 teachers from local schools in Florina, Greece. It emerged during the bootcamp “Critical Understanding in Science”, organized by the UOWM team and one group of student teachers from the 2nd level, on the 26th of February 2019.
The student teachers invited their peers of the 1st level to attend the event aiming at promoting their critical and scientific understanding of physical phenomena through hands-on activities. Different activities were carried-out, as: lecture on CT given by university teachers; short-film screening and discussion; and science fair/exhibition. The last activity consisted of the demonstration and experimentation of twenty exhibits of natural phenomena that were constructued by the 2nd-level student teachers during the autumn semester for the ‘Teaching Science’ module. They explained to their peers how the experiments work and then the visitors filled in a form to reflect on their critical understanding.
It was a great moment of learning among different students, teachers and labour market staff!
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
The UCLL team (Belgium) organised a workshop on the 30th August 2018 for educational developers, with a short introduction on critical thinking, what is it and how it is included in many policy documents, such as the educational vision of UCLL. They brainstormed about ways education developers could stimulate critical thinking in students and how we could support each other.
Led by our coordinators from UTAD (Portugal), our transnational training course from Rome on “Guidelines for quality-assurance criteria in critical thinking education” was replicated/adapted in Vila Real, between the 4th and the 17th of July 2018 (see the video below, in Portuguese only).
It was a great experience!
Around 30 university teachers from different fields attended the course. The participants had the opportunity to develop specific skills on Instructional Design, Curriculum planning, Teaching methods, and Learning assessment. They re-designed one of their own courses within their domain-specific knowledge, by integrating strategies and practices to foster and evaluate Critical Thinking skills and dispositions. During the next academic semester, the participants will apply the acquired knowledge in different deployment scenarios. All this work will contribute to the CRITHINKEDU’ fourth intellectual output – the “European guidelines/recommendations for quality-assurance criteria in critical thinking education”.
Congratulations to all the coaches and participants from UTAD for the enjoyable moments of learning and exchange in Vila Real.
The CRITHINKEDU team