Our second transnational meeting was held in Prague, last 20th and 21st of April 2017, hosted by our partners from the University of Economics (VSE, Czech Republic). It was very exciting for all since it was only the second time we met. During the meeting, all the partners discussed the preliminary results of the first and second intellectual outputs, namely “The European collection of CT skills needed in the different professional sectors” and “The preliminary proposal of guidelines for quality-assurance criteria in CT education” (respectively). Other important issues were also analyzed and discussed, such as the Training Course on CT education for Teachers (Output 3), the edition of a Special Issue in a Scientific Journal (Output 5), and the 1st Multiplier Event “The European Day for CT education” – a transnational pitch bootcamp with partners, faculty teaching, student, business corporations and NGOs. Finally, the expert names to the Steering Committee were agreed by all the partners (see more at http://crithinkedu.utad.pt/en/steering-committee/). At the moment, our SDC partners from Lithuania are analyzing the final results of the Output 1 to deliver it soon. Also, our USC partners, from Spain, are working on the systematic literature review report about the CT practices and interventions in the CRITHINKEDU European Higher Education Institutions. Complementary, all the partners are currently carrying out teachers interviews in order to finish the Output 2.
We are very enthusiastic to work together and soon we will have our two first outputs published in the website!
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The CRITHINKEDU Team
Our TEI of Thessaly partners from Greece, in the person of Professor Evangelos Fradelos, have presented a communication entitled “CRITHINKEDU: Actions and Preliminary Findings from TEI of Thessaly Team” at the Journal of Health Administration and Education Congress (Sanitas Magisterium). The conference was hosted by the Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece, last 7th, 8th and 9th of April 2017, on the topic of “Health Management, Health Education, Occupational Health and Safety Issues”. You can see the abstract here (page 49), and the full presentation at https://goo.gl/Krfr5e.
Our UOWM partners from Greece have participated in the “Educational Action Research: Challenges, Conflicts and Perspectives” Symposium. The symposium was hosted by the School of Pedagogy of the University of Western Macedonia, Florina, during the last 1st and 2nd of April 2017, on the topic of “Educational Action Research: Aims, Conflicts and Perspectives”. The UOWM partners have presented the work “Aspects of Action Research in European ERASMUS+ Projects: The case of CRITHINKEDU”. You can see the full presentation at http://bit.ly/2uxO0Kw (only available in greek).
Our TEI of Thessaly partners from Greece have presented a communication entitled “The development of Critical Thinking in Nursing Education” at the “Public Institute of Vocational Training of State Mental Hospital of Attica ‘Daphne’” Conference. The conference was hosted by the State Mental Hospital of Attica “Daphne”, Athens, Greece, last 30th March 2017, on the topic of “Transition from Secondary Education to Adult Education”. You can see the full presentation at https://goo.gl/ZzCFeT (only available in Greek).
Our MDC partners from Lithuania, in cooperation with the Educational Debate Centre, have organized a seminar about “Critical Thinking in Education and Job Market”, last 26th January 2017, at the Open Society Fund Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania. The MDC team presented the research carried-out within the focus groups interviews with Lithuanian’ labor market representatives for the development of our first intellectual output. You can see the presentation with preliminary results at https://goo.gl/rpXkLg (only available in Lithuanian).
Our MDC partners from Lithuania have participated in the “Literacy in the Digital Age” Conference, an international event organized by The Association for Reading Promotion and Cultural Literacy. The conference was held last 20th January 2017, at the Lithuania National Library, Vilnius, Lithuania. You can see more information about the event at https://goo.gl/TKQX3o
Our KUL partners from Belgium have organized a workshop on “Develop Critical Thinking via teaching and learning: an introduction”, last 24th January 2017, at the Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium. The KU Leuven and more specifically the Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology has for several years done research on critical thinking. In various studies the relationship was explored between research integration into teaching and development of critical thinking. Differences on the impact of academic bachelor programs and professional bachelor programs have been shown.
Our UCLL and KUL partners from Belgium have organized a seminar about “The development of domain-specific Critical Thinking tests”, last 12nd January 2017, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. Critical Thinking is one of the research lines of the UC Leuven team, in close cooperation with the KU Leuven. A first aspect of their work is the development of instruments to measure critical thinking and critical thinking development. They developed and validated a Dutch version of the Halpern Critical Thinking Appraisal and also a domain-specific test on critical thinking in physics.
Our UCLL partners from Belgium have organized a workshop on “Stimulating the development of critical thinking”, last 1st December 2016, at the Amsterdam University College, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Critical Thinking is one of the research lines of the UC Leuven team, in close cooperation with the KU Leuven. Their research interests focus on the effectiveness of critical thinking instruction and the impact of the overall curriculum on critical thinking development, as well as the impact of different approaches to integrate research into teaching on critical thinking.
Our first kick-off meeting was held in Dublin, last 3rd and 4th November 2016, hosted by partners from the University College of Dublin (UCD, Ireland). This was very exciting for all, because it underlined the start of CRITHINKEDU and it was the first time that we met each other. During the meeting, all the partners discussed and approved “The Project Handbook” and “The Dissemination and Communication Plan”. Other documents and criteria related to the methodology proposed for the project implementation, management and dissemination were also discussed and improved. Finally, the development plan of the First Output – European collection of 21st needed critical thinking skills in different professional sectors – was presented by our SDC partner, from Lithuania, discussed and agreed by all the partners. The Output 2 was also discussed and outlined. At the moment, partners in each country are leading their focus groups interviews with companies and NGOs from different economic activities. Soon we will have more news and results about that! Keep in touch!
We are very enthusiastic to work together and sure that we will make a great team!